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States with the Highest Job Resignation Rates

West Virginia

West Virginia

West Virginia has the 15th highest job resignation rate in the country according to WalletHub. Let's talk about some other stats that really put West Virginia on this list:

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.10%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.31%
  • 3.6% unemployment rate for April 2022
  • 28,000 unemployed people

However, it's important that we look at the bigger picture…

On WalletHub’s March 2022 list of the Most Stressed States, West Virginia ranked number one in terms of health and safety-related stress.

Plus, they were fourth for money-related stress. West Virginia was 10th when it came to family-related stress.

All of these factors combined are likely to blame for the state’s high job resignation rate.

Idaho

Idaho

Idaho has the 14th highest job resignation rate in the country. It is tied with West Virginia for the resignation rate of the last month, and things don't look any better when you look at all the other stats. 

  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.35% 
  • Around 58,000 people resigned (via Census)
  • Unemployment rate: 2.6%
  • 24,000 unemployed people (via Bureau of Labor Statistics)

On WalletHub’s Most Stressed States list, Idaho ranked as one of the lowest in terms of work-related stress.

Where they did rank high was in money-related stress (8th). It’s very possible that Idaho residents are quitting because they aren’t getting paid enough.

Its second-biggest area of concern was in health and safety-related stress, where it ranked 21st.

Montana

Montana

Montana ranks 13th among the states with the highest job resignation, and the stats make it pretty clear why people are leaving at impressive rates. Let's go over the big hitters:

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.20% 
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.47%
  • Unemployment rate: 2.3%
  • 13,000 unemployed people

Interestingly, Montana was ranked only 39 when it came to the Most Stressed States. Not as bad, but that doesn't mean it's time to cheer. 

The first was health and safety-related stress, which the state ranked 19th

The other area was money-related stress, which the state ranked 27th place.

Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky ranks 12th out of all 50 states and Washington DC. Maybe that's a little surprising, but guess you need more than delicious chicken to keep people working (or maybe the chicken is the problem?). 

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.20% 
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.49% 
  • 155,700+ people resigned (via Census)
  • Unmployment rate: 3.9%
  • 80,000 unemployed people

That's some pretty scary numbers, but it doesn't get much better from there. 

Kentucky is a state that ranked 11th overall on WalletHub’s Most Stressed States list.

As for health and safety-related stress, it placed 6th. For money-related stress, it ranked 12th. Both are likely factors for job resignation in the state.

Louisiana

Louisiana

Louisiana ranks 11th highest in the country for job resignation.

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.40%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.29%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.1%
  • 87,000 unemployed people

Notice how the resignation rate went up last month over the last 12 months? That shows that more people are resigning, and things are getting worse!

Louisiana was named the number one Most Stressed State by WalletHub.

It performed poorly in several categories including money-related stress and health and safety-related stress.

It ranked number two in both those categories. It also did poorly in terms of work-related stress (3rd) and family-related stress (7th). 

Alabama

Alabama

Alabama’s resignation rate seems to be increasing as well.

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.50%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.15%
  • Unemployment rate: 2.8%
  • 63,000 unemployed people

Overall, it is ranked 10th highest when it comes to job resignation. So it too begs the question: why are people quitting their jobs?

In the list of the Most Stressed States, Alabama placed 8th on it. That's pretty high.

The biggest reason was that it ranked 4th for health and safety-related stress.

The second most significant reason was, once again, money-related stress, which it placed 9th. Almost as bad was family-related stress (11th). 

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming ranks 9th among the states with the highest number of job resignations.  Some of these stats may not look that bad but wait until the population is considered. 

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.40%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.39%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.3%
  • 9,900 unemployed people

That’s not the highest number on this list but when you consider the state only has a population of around 581,000 it’s not good, to say the least.

Overall, the state ranks 26th among the most stressed states in the nation. 

Wyoming was ranked 11th when it came to work-related stress and 15th when it came to health and safety.

North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina is ranked 8th in job resignations...

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.50%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.38%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.4%
  • 173,000 unemployed people

That's a shockingly high number of people leaving their jobs in a state with a population of 10.39 million.

Stress is definitely one cause for this, as North Carolina ranked as the 12th most stressed state in the nation.

Family-related stress was cited as the biggest factor since it placed 3rd in that regard.

For work, money, health and safety, it placed 23rd in all three of those categories. All are factors that could contribute to people quitting.

Nevada

Nevada

Nevada is ranked 7th out of all 50 states (and Washington DC) for job resignations, and the numbers don't look good...

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.50%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.76%
  • Unemployment rate: 5%
  • 76,000 unemployed people

That unemployment rate is out of this world!

If you are wondering how Nevada deals with stress, well…they don’t – at least not well.

Nevada ranked 2nd out of the most stressed states. It placed 1st when it came to family-related stress and it ranked 7th for money-related stress.

Furthermore, it placed 10th for health and safety-related stress. Work-related stress was where it did the best but it still placed 17th in that category!

Mississippi

Mississippi

Mississippi ranks 6th for having one of the highest job resignation rates in the country.

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.70%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.34%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.1%
  • 52,000 unemployed people

The unemployment rate looks really bad, and the resignation rate is increasing. Overall? Some pretty bad numbers. 

The reason why could also be explained using statistics. Mississippi was ranked as the 5th most stressed state.

Money-related stress was the biggest issue for residents where it placed 1st in that category.

Of almost equal concern, was health and safety, as well as work-related stress.

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia has had a significantly high job resignation rate in both the short term and long term.

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.70%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.79%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.1%
  • 161,000 unemployed people

The odd part is where they land on the stressed-states ranking...

Stress doesn’t seem to be playing an enormous factor in this decision as the state ranks only 22nd overall among the most stressed states.

There are two areas where it did perform poorly, however.

That was in health and safety, and money-related stress, where it placed 19th and 17th, respectively. Not great, but not the worst.

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina easily has one of the highest resignation rates. Overall, it ranks 4th among the highest job resignation rates. The population of 5.092 million just aren’t finding their jobs fulfilling it seems.

  • Resignation rate last month: 4%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.43%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.3%
  • 79,000 unemployed people

South Carolina was pretty middle-of-the-road for stress.

It ranked just 21st out of the most stressed states, which isn’t the worst, but it’s certainly not the best.

The biggest stress factor for the state was health and safety-related stress (11th) and the second biggest factor was money-related stress — ranking 18th

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona places 3rd among the states with the highest job resignations.

  • Resignation rate last month: 4.20%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.33%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2%
  • 115,000 unemployed people

That's a pretty big jump in the last month, and it's indicative of a quickly rising resignation rate. 

Still, with a population of 7.174 million, it is clear that Arizonians are not happy with their jobs.

As for where it lands with stress, Arizona is 15th. Most of that comes from family-related stress, which it's ranked 9th.

The second most when it came to money-related issues — ranking 16th.

Florida

Florida

The big reason Florida is on this list is how much stress the state's residents are under. That might contribute to why the state places 2nd in having the most job resignations.

  • Resignation rate last month: 4.30%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 3.20%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2%
  • 321,000 unemployed people

The number of unemployed people is insanely high, right? Let's talk about how much stress Floridians are under...

Overall, the state sits at 13th. The numbers are high when you consider Florida is a state known for people retiring not for just getting fed up and quitting.

The worst places are family-related stress, which is 5th overall, and money-related stress where the state ranks 15th.

Alaska

Alaska

Last, but not least, is Alaska - the number one state for job resignation.

  • Resignation rate last month: 3.90%
  • Resignation rate last 12 months: 4.15%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.9%
  • 18,000 unemployed people

The population of 736,990 doesn’t seem to be concerned about keeping their jobs.

Alaska also ranked number one for having the most work-related stress, making it pretty evident why people are quitting. Will these numbers improve? Only time will tell.

Overall, Alaska sits at 16th, however. 

The rest of their stats are middle of the road, except for money-related stress (which is odd). They rank 46th for money-related stress.