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Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in August.

WASHINGTON – One of the reasons US employers have difficulty filling jobs is made clear in a report Tuesday: Americans are leaving in large numbers.

The Labor Department said holidays rose to 4.3 million in August, the highest in December 2000 and more than 4 million in July. That’s about 33% of the workforce. Recruitment also slowed in August, with 10.4 million jobs available, up from a record 11.1 million a month earlier, the report said.

The data helps solve a puzzle that is running in the job market: Recruitment accelerated in August and September, even as the number of jobs posted was close to record levels. Last year, open jobs increased by 62%. Yet overall recruitment, as measured by Tuesday’s report, actually declined slightly during that time.

The leap in resignations strongly suggests that Delta’s various fears are partly responsible for the shortage of workers. In addition to quitting driving, the fear of the disease may have put many people out of work who are not looking for jobs.

As the number of Cove 19 cases increased in August, restaurant and hotel jobs were cut off last month and other public jobs increased, such as retail and education. About 900,000 people quit their jobs in restaurants, bars and hotels in August, up 21% from July. Holidays by retail workers increased by 6%.

Yet industries, such as manufacturing, construction, and transportation, and warehousing, barely saw an increase. Leaving in professional and business services, including areas such as law, engineering and architecture, where most employees can work from home, was largely flat.

Other factors may have contributed to the quit. For many employers, with frustrating and healthy wages rising, workers have a greater ability to ask for higher wages, or to go elsewhere to find them.

August’s data is probably too early to reflect the effects of the vaccine mandate. President Joe Biden’s mandate was not announced until September 9. No changes were made to the dismissal in August, the report said.

The government said on Friday that for the second month in a row, job gains remained weak, with only 194,000 jobs added, although the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent from 5.2 percent. Friday’s recruitment figures are net total, taking into account retirement and dismissal after leaving. Tuesday’s report, called the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, includes crude data, and shows that total recruitment in August fell sharply to 6.3 million from 6.8 million in July. Was a million

Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in an email that the figures were “tackling business issues.” “Not enough people. Not enough goods and / or parts. Meanwhile, customers are waiting for their order, or waiting to place their order. What a strange world this is.”

The South and Midwest also saw the biggest increases, the government said, with two areas experiencing the worst COVID outbreaks in August.

When workers quit, it is usually seen as a good sign for the job market, as people usually quit when they already have other positions or are confident. That they can find one. The big increase in August probably shows this confidence in the workers.

But the fact that the increase in leave was largely focused on areas that involve close contact with the public is a sign that Covid’s fears also played a big role. Many people may have left without other jobs.

There is also an international dimension to rapid job growth: job creation in the UK has reached record levels, although one reason is that many European workers left the UK after Bridget.

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