Millions Of Americans Resign From Jobs Amid Pandemic

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The coronavirus has upended the lives of billions of people around the world and, with new variants spreading rapidly, there seems to be no end in sight.

COVID-19 has also changed the way we work, forcing millions to do their jobs from home. Some companies and workers prefer things that way and hope remote work is fully normalized.

But there is also a different kind of pandemic, at least in the United States: Experts call it "The Great Resignation." Find out more below.

The Great Resignation

As Today reported, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of job leavers increased to 942,000 in June in June this year.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, workers across the country are leaving their jobs to explore other opportunities or simply just to have more time for themselves and their families.

In fact, findings from the personal finance site MagnifyMoney suggest that nearly 60 percent of workers are rethinking their careers, while about one in three workers are thinking of resigning from their jobs.

Why Are People Resigning?

So, why are so many people resigning from their jobs?

Jessica Berger, 44, spent 17 years at a big public relations company, but the mental health struggles people faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic inspired her to rethink her career.

Berger is now pursuing an education in mental health.

"It was a very hard decision, but I think that what I dealt with when the pandemic hit... Ultimately, I feel like there's always been this taboo in dealing with mental health issues and I just really wanted to go deeper and understand how to help all the people in my life," Berger explained.

Resigning To Pursue New Careers

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The 33-year-old Ally Butler, worked for eight years as a tours and exhibition manager at an auction house, but was furloughed early on in the pandemic.

When she returned to work, Butler realized that she might not like her job after all.

"I was already a self-prescribed workaholic and so it already had became really important to me to have some sort of work-life balance, and that completely went away when I came back. So it was like, geez, I don't know how I feel about this now," she said.

Butler has decided to look for work in the music industry.

August Jobs Report

Economists expected the U.S. to add around 720,000 jobs in August. Disappointingly, the economy added just 235,000 positions, as reported by CNBC.

Experts say the spread of the Delta variant ​of COVID-19 is having a major impact on the economy and spooking investors.

"The labor market recovery hit the brakes this month with a dramatic showdown in all industries. Ultimately, the Delta variant wave is a harsh reminder that the pandemic is still in the driver’s seat, and it controls our economic future," explained senior economist at Glassdoor Daniel Zhao.