A Real-Time Look at ‘The Great Resignation:’ January 2022

The most recent data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report showed that the United States is still in the midst of an unprecedentedly tight labor market, with both the job-quitting rate and the number of job openings across the economy at near-record levels. Yet, in December 2021 and January 2022, the U.S. experienced a new surge in COVID-19 cases, exacerbating the current public health crisis and creating great uncertainty amid the continued economic recovery. Platform data from Gusto, the payroll and HR platform serving over 200,000 small and medium-sized businesses, offers insights into how both business owners and workers navigated this latest difficulty in real-time, through the end of January, and at a level of detail not available in public statistics – in particular, by age group, gender, and geography.


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