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Quits rate at 2.6 percent in October 2022, little different from recent months

December 05, 2022

There were 4.0 million job quits in October 2022, and the quits rate was 2.6 percent. Both numbers were little different from recent months. The quits rate in the information industry fell from 1.9 percent in September 2022 to 0.9 percent in October 2022. This represents a drop in information industry quits from 57,000 to 28,000.

Job quits rate, selected industries, October 2017–October 2022
Month Total nonfarm Total private Construction Manufacturing Trade, transportation, and utilities Transportation, warehousing, and utilities Information Financial services Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Government Federal State and Local

Oct 2017

2.2% 2.4% 2.6% 1.6% 2.4% 1.7% 1.6% 1.5% 3.2% 1.9% 4.0% 0.7% 0.5% 0.8%

Nov 2017

2.2 2.4 2.0 1.6 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.4 3.3 1.8 4.1 0.8 0.6 0.8

Dec 2017

2.2 2.4 2.1 1.7 2.5 1.7 1.8 1.4 3.1 1.7 4.2 0.8 0.5 0.8

Jan 2018

2.1 2.3 2.2 1.7 2.4 1.9 1.7 1.4 2.7 1.6 3.9 0.8 0.5 0.8

Feb 2018

2.2 2.4 2.1 1.7 2.3 1.9 1.7 1.4 3.1 1.7 4.3 0.7 0.5 0.8

Mar 2018

2.2 2.5 2.2 1.7 2.4 2.2 1.6 1.3 3.0 1.8 4.3 0.8 0.5 0.8

Apr 2018

2.3 2.5 2.3 1.6 2.5 2.1 1.6 1.1 3.2 1.9 4.4 0.8 0.6 0.9

May 2018

2.3 2.5 2.3 1.6 2.6 2.2 1.8 1.3 3.1 2.1 4.3 0.8 0.6 0.9

Jun 2018

2.3 2.5 2.4 1.6 2.6 2.1 1.8 1.4 3.1 1.9 4.2 0.8 0.5 0.9

Jul 2018

2.3 2.6 2.8 1.7 2.6 1.9 1.7 1.5 3.1 1.9 4.5 0.8 0.5 0.9

Aug 2018

2.3 2.6 2.5 1.6 2.7 2.0 1.6 1.5 2.9 2.0 4.5 0.8 0.5 0.8

Sep 2018

2.3 2.6 2.2 1.6 2.8 1.9 1.6 1.4 2.9 1.8 4.6 0.8 0.6 0.8

Oct 2018

2.3 2.6 2.3 1.6 2.8 2.1 1.5 1.2 3.1 2.0 4.4 0.8 0.6 0.9

Nov 2018

2.3 2.6 2.5 1.7 2.6 2.2 2.0 1.3 3.0 2.1 4.3 0.9 0.6 0.9

Dec 2018

2.3 2.5 2.4 1.5 2.6 2.2 1.6 1.5 3.0 2.1 4.3 0.8 0.7 0.8

Jan 2019

2.4 2.6 2.5 1.7 2.5 2.0 2.0 1.2 3.1 2.0 4.7 0.9 0.6 0.9

Feb 2019

2.4 2.6 2.7 1.7 2.7 2.4 1.6 1.2 3.1 2.0 4.7 0.8 0.5 0.9

Mar 2019

2.3 2.6 2.0 1.7 2.7 2.3 1.6 1.2 3.3 2.0 4.5 0.8 0.7 0.8

Apr 2019

2.3 2.6 1.9 1.7 2.6 2.1 1.9 1.5 3.1 1.9 4.6 0.8 0.5 0.9

May 2019

2.3 2.6 2.2 1.6 2.8 2.2 1.8 1.5 3.0 1.7 4.6 0.8 0.5 0.9

Jun 2019

2.3 2.6 2.4 1.6 2.7 2.0 1.5 1.5 3.0 1.8 4.8 0.8 0.5 0.8

Jul 2019

2.4 2.7 2.3 1.5 2.8 2.3 1.3 1.5 3.2 2.0 4.9 0.8 0.6 0.9

Aug 2019

2.4 2.6 2.3 1.5 2.8 2.3 1.6 1.6 3.0 1.9 4.9 0.8 0.7 0.8

Sep 2019

2.3 2.5 2.5 1.7 2.7 2.2 1.4 1.5 3.0 1.9 4.4 0.8 0.6 0.8

Oct 2019

2.3 2.5 2.5 1.6 2.4 2.1 1.5 1.5 2.9 2.0 4.6 0.8 0.7 0.8

Nov 2019

2.3 2.6 2.2 1.6 2.9 2.2 1.5 1.8 2.9 1.8 4.5 0.8 0.6 0.9

Dec 2019

2.3 2.6 2.2 1.6 2.6 2.4 1.5 1.5 3.0 2.0 4.6 0.9 0.9 0.9

Jan 2020

2.4 2.6 2.2 1.5 2.9 2.2 1.4 1.5 3.3 2.0 4.5 0.8 0.6 0.8

Feb 2020

2.3 2.5 1.9 1.5 2.8 2.4 1.7 1.5 3.0 2.1 3.9 0.8 0.7 0.9

Mar 2020

2.0 2.1 1.7 1.2 2.3 2.0 1.4 1.2 2.9 1.9 3.3 1.0 0.7 1.0

Apr 2020

1.6 1.7 1.5 0.9 1.7 1.5 1.4 0.9 2.0 1.8 3.4 0.7 0.5 0.8

May 2020

1.7 1.8 1.6 1.3 2.1 2.2 0.9 1.1 2.2 1.6 3.5 0.9 0.7 0.9

Jun 2020

1.9 2.1 1.9 1.6 2.3 2.1 1.2 1.0 2.0 1.8 3.5 0.9 0.6 0.9

Jul 2020

2.1 2.4 1.9 1.6 2.8 2.5 1.3 1.1 2.7 2.1 3.8 0.9 0.7 1.0

Aug 2020

2.1 2.3 1.4 1.8 2.7 2.4 1.4 1.5 2.6 1.8 3.7 1.0 0.7 1.0

Sep 2020

2.2 2.5 2.0 1.9 2.6 2.4 1.3 1.3 3.2 1.9 4.1 0.9 0.6 1.0

Oct 2020

2.3 2.5 1.7 2.0 2.8 2.4 1.4 1.4 3.0 2.1 4.4 1.0 1.0 1.1

Nov 2020

2.3 2.6 2.1 2.1 2.9 2.3 1.5 1.4 2.8 1.9 4.5 0.8 0.6 0.8

Dec 2020

2.4 2.6 2.1 2.1 3.0 2.5 1.3 1.3 2.8 2.1 5.1 0.8 0.7 0.8

Jan 2021

2.3 2.6 1.9 2.1 2.8 2.3 1.4 1.6 2.9 1.9 5.1 0.7 0.8 0.7

Feb 2021

2.4 2.7 2.3 2.2 2.8 2.0 1.4 1.4 3.0 2.0 4.8 0.9 0.6 0.9

Mar 2021

2.6 2.9 2.5 2.3 3.1 2.8 2.0 1.4 3.0 2.2 5.3 0.8 0.6 0.9

Apr 2021

2.8 3.1 2.5 2.4 3.4 3.1 2.1 1.7 3.6 2.3 5.5 0.9 0.6 0.9

May 2021

2.6 3.0 2.4 2.1 3.3 2.8 1.9 1.5 3.3 2.3 5.6 0.7 0.8 0.7

Jun 2021

2.8 3.1 2.4 2.5 3.4 2.8 1.8 1.5 3.6 2.4 5.7 0.9 0.8 0.9

Jul 2021

2.8 3.1 2.6 2.3 3.4 2.4 1.9 1.5 3.4 2.4 6.1 0.9 0.8 0.9

Aug 2021

2.8 3.1 2.6 2.3 3.6 2.6 1.8 1.4 3.5 2.5 5.7 0.9 0.8 0.9

Sep 2021

2.9 3.2 2.5 2.5 3.5 2.7 1.8 1.7 3.5 2.7 5.7 1.0 0.8 1.0

Oct 2021

2.8 3.1 2.5 2.4 3.4 2.4 2.0 1.4 3.3 2.4 5.5 1.1 0.9 1.2

Nov 2021

3.0 3.4 2.9 2.4 3.6 2.7 1.8 1.5 3.8 2.9 5.9 1.1 0.8 1.2

Dec 2021

3.0 3.3 2.5 2.6 3.8 2.7 2.1 1.5 3.5 2.5 5.7 1.1 0.8 1.1

Jan 2022

2.8 3.2 2.3 2.5 3.5 2.6 1.5 1.8 3.2 2.6 5.6 1.0 0.8 1.0

Feb 2022

2.9 3.2 2.3 2.7 3.6 2.5 1.7 1.6 3.3 2.6 5.6 1.1 0.8 1.2

Mar 2022

2.9 3.3 3.3 2.9 3.4 2.7 1.7 1.7 3.5 2.4 5.7 1.2 0.8 1.2

Apr 2022

2.9 3.2 2.8 2.6 3.3 2.7 1.7 2.2 3.5 2.5 5.2 1.1 0.8 1.1

May 2022

2.8 3.1 3.0 2.5 3.2 2.7 1.8 1.5 3.4 2.6 5.5 1.0 0.8 1.0

Jun 2022

2.8 3.1 2.4 2.6 3.3 3.0 2.1 1.6 3.4 2.5 5.3 1.1 0.8 1.1

Jul 2022

2.7 3.0 2.7 2.2 3.0 2.8 1.5 1.7 3.5 2.2 5.3 0.9 0.7 1.0

Aug 2022

2.7 3.0 2.7 2.2 3.3 3.6 1.8 1.7 3.0 2.4 5.8 1.0 0.8 1.0

Sep 2022

2.7 2.9 2.0 1.9 3.2 3.1 1.9 1.7 3.1 2.3 5.4 1.1 0.7 1.1

Oct 2022

2.6 2.9 2.4 2.1 3.1 2.8 0.9 1.7 2.9 2.3 5.5 1.0 0.7 1.1

The quits rate in the construction industry rose 0.4 percentage point over the month to reach 2.4 percent in October 2022. The quits rate in the transportation, warehousing, and utilities industry fell by 0.3 percentage point over the month to reach 2.8 percent. The leisure and hospitality industry had the highest quits rate among the major industries in October, 5.5 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 — October 2022." We also have more charts of job openings, hires, and separations data. Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. The quits rate is the number of quits during the entire month as a percent of total employment. Therefore, the quits rate can serve as a measure of workers’ willingness or ability to leave jobs.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Quits rate at 2.6 percent in October 2022, little different from recent months at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/quits-rate-at-2-6-percent-in-october-2022-little-different-from-recent-months.htm (visited February 05, 2023).

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