Mass. Workers Among Least Likely to Resign During the Great Resignation

 by Tom MarinoMarch 24, 2023
Last Updated March 24, 2023 12:14 PM

WORCESTER - A new study shows that Massachusetts workers resigned from their job at a rate less than workers in any other state last month. Over the last twelve months, workers in just two states resigned at a lower rate than those in Massachusetts.

The study used data from the Department of Labor to compare the rate worker resignations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.).

Last month, workers in Massachusetts reigned at a rate of just 1.5 percent. The state with the next lowest resignation rate was New Jersey, (1.8 percent) followed by New York and Washington D.C. (both 1.9 percent). Those were the only states with a resignation rate under two percent.

Over the last year, the rate in Massachusetts is 2.07 percent, with  the rate of resignation lower in only Washington D.C. (2.02 percent) and New York (1.8%), the only state under two percent over the last year.

The contrast with the states with the highest rates of resignations are extreme. Over the last year, Alaska workers resigned at a rate of 4.24 percent, the highest in the U.S. Next was Georgia (3.83 percent), followed by Montana (3.63 percent), Wyoming (3.60 percent),

Overall, 21 states have seen workers resign at a rate over 3.0 percent over the last year.

Here are the rates of worker  resignation both last month, followed by the last twelve months. The ranking represents the statistic over last month, with one having the highest rate and 51 having the lowest.

28. Rhode Island: 2.6% | 2.53%
36. Vermont 2.1% | 2.93%
39. New Hampshire 2.2% | 2.66%
44. Maine 2.1% | 2.56%
46. Connecticut 2.1% | 2.18%
51. Massachusetts 1.5% | 2.07%

To see the full study and rankings for all 50 states, visit



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