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Quits rate 6.6 percent in accommodation and food services in September 2021

November 22, 2021

In September 2021, the number of quits increased 164,000 to a historic high of 4.4 million. The quits rate increased to 3.0 percent, the highest rate since these data were first published in December 2000. The quits rate was 3.4 percent in private industry and 1.0 percent in government.

Quits rate, by industry, September 2021
Industry quits rate

Total private

3.4%

Mining and logging

1.5

Construction

2.5

Manufacturing

2.7

Durable goods

2.2

Nondurable goods

3.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.6

Wholesale trade

2.2

Retail trade

4.4

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

2.7

Information

1.5

Financial activities

1.5

Finance and insurance

1.5

Real estate and rental and leasing

1.6

Professional and business services

3.3

Education and health services

2.8

Educational services

1.7

Health care and social assistance

2.9

Leisure and hospitality

6.4

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

5.7

Accommodation and food services

6.6

Other services

3.1

Government

1.0

Federal

0.8

State and local

1.0

State and local education

1.1

State and local, excluding education

1.0

In September 2021, leisure and hospitality had a quits rate of 6.4 percent. Within leisure and hospitality, art, entertainment, and recreation had the largest increase in quits from August to September 2021 (+56,000) and a quits rate of 5.7 percent. Also within leisure and hospitality, accommodation and food services had a quits rate of 6.6 percent.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — September 2021." We also have more charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations. The quits rate is the number of quits during the entire month as a percent of total employment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Quits rate 6.6 percent in accommodation and food services in September 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/quits-rate-6-6-percent-in-accommodation-and-food-services-in-september-2021.htm (visited November 29, 2021).

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