Texans quit jobs faster than workers in nearly every other state, September data show

According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texans nearly lead the country in quitting their jobs, only following Californians in total number of job quits.

The Texans left about 439,000 jobs in September, against 443,000 jobs in California and more than double that of New York, third in the standings, which recorded 183,000 departures.

Texas also had by far the largest increase in job departures month-over-month, with 69,000 more departures from August.

Some of the approximately 14,600 Texans who leave their workplaces every day have started other jobs. Texas Workforce Board The data shows that employers added 90,000 non-farm jobs to their payrolls in September, followed by 50,000 jobs in October. Texas saw the nation’s largest drop in job vacancies in September, from 880,000 to 800,000.

But many employers, especially in the retail and restaurant industries, struggle to attract enough people willing to work with the wages and benefits offered. Retailers, including Hobby Lobby and T-Mobile, recently raised their company-wide minimum wages in an attempt to increase new hires.

On HoustonChronicle.com: Texas and Houston labor markets post strong gains in October

The exodus from Texas has also not caused an increase in unemployment insurance claims, as people who have voluntarily left their jobs are generally not entitled to unemployment benefits.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, initial claims fell from 31,000 in early August to 20,000 in the first week of September, hitting a pandemic low of 10,400 on Thanksgiving week before dropping to 19,000 in early December.

Continuing claims have steadily declined from around 160,000 in early September to 119,000 in the first week of November, compared to over 1 million claims in early September 2020.

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