Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
Where have all the workers gone? Job openings in the United States reached a record-high of 11.5 million jobs in March 2022, the highest level in the history of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) that has been released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics since December 2000.
The JOLTS showed that job openings increased by 155,000 jobs in retail trade and by 50,000 jobs in durable goods manufacturing while decreasing by 69,000 jobs in transportation and warehousing, by 43,000 jobs in state and local government education, and by 20,000 jobs in the federal government.
Meanwhile, the “Great Resignation” continued in the U.S. as a record 4.53 million workers quit their jobs in March 2022, beating the previous series high of 4.51 million in November 2021, according to the JOLTS, which defines “Quits” as voluntary separations initiated by the employee during a month.
“As record-breaking resignation numbers continue to rise in the United States, employers are wondering why their employees are so quick to quit their jobs and how to keep them from leaving,” ClearStar, a leading HR-technology company specializing in background screening, noted in the “The Great Resignation of 2021.”
“Listening to employees and their desires for their careers is the first step to developing lasting relationships with them. The resignations could be a result of the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, low pay, and benefits, new job opportunities, or a mix of all of the above,” ClearStar suggested in the blog.
“An employer who accommodates their employees with remote work (if needed) and shows interest in trying to help them find something they enjoy doing in their job is likely to build a relationship with their employees that they are not so quick to abandon,” ClearStar concluded. The complete blog is available here.
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