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The great resignation: Fact or fairytale?

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September 2021 saw an all-time high resignation rate of 3% in the US. Image: UNSPLASH/Campaign Creators

Cassie Werber
Writer, Quartz Africa
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Chart showing US monthly quit rate.
Sectors with high rates of resignation, like hospitality, are pushing up the average. Image: Quartz at Work

A chart showing the mentions of 'great resignation' in earnings call transcripts.
In November 2021, the phrase 'great resignation' was used 71 times in CEO earnings calls. Image: Quartz at Work

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