Workers continue to quit their jobs in record numbers : The Indicator from Planet Money This episode is all about quitters! Over 4 million people quit their jobs in September. That's a record high following another record quits rate in August. What does this trend say about America's evolving workforce, and when did so many people start saving "rest eggs?"

Why quitting got so cool

Why quitting got so cool

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A woman conducts a yoga pose on Haytor Rocks in the Dartmoor National Park, near Exeter, south-west England, on August 12, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Until recently, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) was pretty obscure. Now, it's become a mainstream indicator as workers continue to quit in record numbers.

Over 4 million people quit their jobs in September. Today on the show, do the record high quit rates we've seen over the last couple of months reveal a shift in how Americans view work culture? And, we hear from one quitter who had a monumental epiphany while steaming her clothes for work.

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Correction Dec. 10, 2021

An earlier version of this episode mischaracterized Nick Bunker's view about why people are quitting their jobs. In his view, the surge in quitting primarily stems from a rise in job openings — that is, a greater demand for workers.