Headline RoundupJanuary 4th, 2022

Record 4.5 Million Americans Quit Their Jobs in November

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A record 4.5 million U.S. workers quit their jobs in November — 370,000 more than the previous month — according to a Labor Department report released Tuesday. 

The report, based on the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), noted that other kinds of job separations, such as layoffs, remained relatively unchanged. Job openings decreased by 529,000 to 10.6 million — capping off a sharp yearly increase from November 2020’s 6.7 million openings. New monthly hires remained relatively unchanged at 6.7 million across all industries. 

Headlines were unusually consistent, with most outlets using close variations of “a record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November.” Outlets across the spectrum connected the story to the “Great Resignation.” Coverage differed on interpreting the numbers positively or negatively; the Washington Post (Lean Left) described the economy as “one of the most worker-friendly job climates in years,” and Fox Business (Lean Right) said “persistent turmoil in the labor market has made it difficult for employers to fill open positions.”

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