Twitter data: Michigan top state for people talking about quitting their jobs

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As the U.S. sees a growing number of people leaving the workforce in the COVID-19 era, new research found Michigan is the top state for people tweeting about quitting their jobs.

The map shown above — compiled by health site bodynutrition.org, which makes health- and lifestyle-based trends maps every month — is based on geotagged Twitter data in the past month tracking tweets, hashtags and direct keyword phrases about quitting a job, such as “quit my job,” “quitting my job,” “quit job,” “quit your job,” “find new job” and “resign from job.”

Over 1 million tweets were tracked across the U.S. The map showed most of the tweets were concentrated in the southern states, but Michigan was the top state overall for conversations about quitting.

According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, Americans are quitting their jobs in record numbers, prompting some to call this period the “Great Resignation.” Causes for this trend include lingering fears about COVID-19, lack of child care access upon returning to in-person work, employees wanting to continue working from home, government assistance, new thoughts on what fair wages are, work burnout, new thoughts on work-life balance in the face of the pandemic, stress and anxiety, and COVID long-hauler health issues.

The top 10 states where people are tweeting about quitting their jobs are as follows:

  1. Michigan
  2. Georgia
  3. Arizona
  4. Oregon
  5. Texas
  6. North Carolina
  7. Louisiana
  8. South Carolina
  9. Florida
  10. Tennessee

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