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New Data Reveals the States with the Highest Job Resignation Rates

  • A new study has revealed which states in America have the highest job resignation rates, with Alaska taking the top spot  

  • Montana ranks second, and Louisiana is joint third with West Virginia 

  • The study ranked each state based on the average job resignation rate 


New data has revealed the states with the highest average job resignation rates in the US, with Alaska in the top spot. 

The ranking, collated by HR Tech experts SelectSoftware Reviews, shows the average resignation rate for each state, which is the number of quits per month as a percentage of employment. The study also looks at the average number of resignations per month. All the data has been gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, using the latest four months’ figures (July 2023 to October 2023). 

Alaska takes the top spot for the state with the highest job resignation rate, with a rate of 3.55 - over 1.5 times the national average resignation rate of 2.30. Using the latest figures from July 2023 to October 2023, the study found that an average of 11,500 Alaskans quit their jobs each month during the four-month period. 

In second is Montana, with the second-highest resignation rate of 3.30. The study found that on average, 17,000 workers from The Treasure State left their occupations each month, with the quit rate being almost 1.5 times the national average. 

Narrowly following behind are Louisiana and West Virginia ranking joint third. Both states’ resignation rate is 3.28, which is just under 1.5 times the national average. Each month in the Pelican State an average of 64,000 people quit their jobs, while the Mountain State saw a monthly average of 23,000 workers resigning from their employment. 

In fourth position is Wyoming. The Equality State has an average resignation rate of 3.25. This puts the state at 1.4 times above the national average resignation rate, with 9,500 Wyoming citizens quitting their jobs every month. 

Fifth place goes to Delaware, with an average rate of 3.20. From The First State, 15,500 workers have been leaving their jobs every month. 

Mississippi has the sixth-highest job resignation rate at 3.15, with 36,500 leaving their jobs on average each month, and South Carolina has the seventh-highest rate at 3.10, with a monthly average of 71,500 resigning from their posts. 

In joint eighth, with an average rate of 3.00, are Tennessee and Idaho. The Volunteer State and The Gem State had 99,500 and 25,750 individuals quitting their positions, respectively each month. 

And taking the penultimate spot is Kentucky, in ninth, with an average rate of 2.88. It means that on average 58,250 people left their jobs in The Bluegrass State between July and October 2023. 

Rounding off the rankings in tenth place is Arizona, with an average rating of 2.85. The Grand Canyon State saw 90,250 workers leave their occupations each month.

Discussing the findings, Phil Strazzulla, CEO of SelectSoftware Reviews said:  

“While the top ten states in the ranking do have a higher resignation rate than the national average, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that quit rates have decreased quite considerably since the shockingly high rates seen in 2020 and 2021. This could be due to job openings and hiring rates also being down; employees are aware that the job market has become more competitive, and they might not be able to find another position if they were to resign. Or it could be that the workplace is shifting in its attitude towards work-life balance by putting more of an emphasis on the wellbeing of their staff, meaning that employees are less burnt out and value their employment more. Whatever the reasons, it is reassuring to see that resignation rates are generally lowering.”  





An average of the quits rate* for nonfarm jobs for the months from July 2023 through to October 2023 was calculated for each state, and the same was done for the quits level** for each state.  The states were then ranked from highest job quits rate to lowest job quits rate. 


 * The quits rate is the number of quits during the entire month as a percent of employment. 

** The quits level is the number of quits during the entire month. 



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