The COVID-19 pandemic set off nearly unprecedented churn in the U.S. labor market. Widespread job losses in the early months of the pandemic gave way to tight labor markets in 2021, driven in part by what’s come to be known as the Great Resignation. The nation’s “quit rate” reached a 20-year high last November.
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that low pay, a lack of opportunities for advancement and feeling disrespected at work are the top reasons why Americans quit their jobs last year.
The survey also finds that those who quit and are now employed elsewhere are more likely than not to say their current job has better pay, more opportunities for advancement and more work-life balance and flexibility.
Roughly half say child care issues were a reason they quit a job. A similar share point to a lack of flexibility to choose when they put in their hours or not having good benefits such as health insurance and paid time off. Roughly a quarter say each of these was a major reason.
When asked separately whether their reasons for quitting a job were related to the coronavirus outbreak, 31% say they were.