Why Food Service Workers Are Quitting In Record Numbers : Consider This from NPR Food service workers in America have newfound bargaining power, and they're using it — quitting jobs for better ones at record rates.

NPR's Alina Selyukh reports on why some are leaving the restaurant industry for good.

Additional reporting this episode from NPR's Andrea Hsu, who examined the pros and cons of one-time hiring bonuses for workers.

Follow more coverage from NPR's special series, Where Are The Workers?

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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Food Service Workers Are Quitting At Record Rates. Why? Because They Can

Food Service Workers Are Quitting At Record Rates. Why? Because They Can

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Lamar Cornett has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years. During the pandemic, he began thinking about leaving that career behind. Courtesy of Lamar Cornett hide caption

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Lamar Cornett has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years. During the pandemic, he began thinking about leaving that career behind.

Courtesy of Lamar Cornett

Food service workers in America have newfound bargaining power, and they're using it — quitting jobs for better ones at record rates.

NPR's Alina Selyukh reports on why some are leaving the restaurant industry for good.

Additional reporting this episode from NPR's Andrea Hsu, who examined the pros and cons of one-time hiring bonuses for workers.

Follow more coverage from NPR's special series, Where Are The Workers?

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Lee Hale, Brianna Scott and Jonaki Mehta. It was edited by Sami Yenigun and Uri Berliner. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.