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Most workers who quit in 2021 felt disrespected; cite low pay, no opportunities to advance

By Kim Parker and Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew Research Center, March 9, 2022

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds that low pay, a lack of opportunities for advancement, and feeling disrespected at work are the top reasons why Americans quit their jobs last year. The survey also finds that those who quit and are now employed elsewhere are more likely than not to say their current job has better pay, more opportunities for advancement, and more work-life balance and flexibility.

“For the most part, men and women offer similar reasons for having quit a job in the past year. But there are significant differences by educational attainment.

“College graduates are more likely than those with less education to say that compared with their last job, they are now earning more (66 percent vs. 51 percent) and have more opportunities for advancement (63 percent vs. 49 percent). In turn, those with less education are more likely than college graduates to say they are earning less in their current job (27 percent vs. 16 percent) and that they have fewer opportunities for advancement (18 percent vs. 9 percent).”

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