4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August


The unemployment rate in Memphis is 2% higher than the state rate.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In August, 4.3 million Americans left their jobs. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this rate represents 2.9% of the workforce.

Jillian Tyree, Metro Market Manager for Robert Demi management consulting said most people quit their jobs for better pay or the opportunity to work remotely.

“It’s a market of job seekers right now,” Tyree said. “If you are a candidate looking for a job, whether you are employed or unemployed, you certainly have the opportunity to really know your worth and the type of job name you are looking for in your skillset. “

Tyree has seen a recent increase in the number of job seekers looking for contract and full-time work. She advised researching where you want to go in your career and what matches your skills.

“If you quit your job before you do, you want to make sure that you are setting yourself up for success,” Tyree said. “You don’t want huge gaps in your resume.”

There are currently 4,071 jobs open in the Memphis area. Amity Schuyler, Vice President of Workforce Development for Grand Memphis Room, said there are resources to help you find the job you want.

“It could be an online job search, also going into one of our job centers and sitting down with a career consultant or career coach and really looking at job availability in the area to see what might be best suited, ”Schuyler mentioned.

Schuyler also said to look at what else employers can offer you.

“Look at the benefits package, not just hourly pay or wages,” Schuyler said. “Small employers who can’t make up for it in cash start to compensate with other perks that really add to the total value of the job. And that’s something people really want to take a close look at and ask about this topic. . “

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