Out of Work ... by Choice? Why Resignations Are on the Rise

Out of Work ... by Choice? Why Resignations Are on the Rise

Another good sign for the economy?

More and more unsatisfied workers are now finally feeling secure enough to call it quits.

In fact, a new survey from Express Employment Professionals revealed that nearly one in five of all unemployed Americans had actually resigned from their jobs.


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That number has slowly risen from last year's poll, which found that 15% of the jobless had left on their own accord.  

So why are Americans suddenly feeling so comfortable putting in their two weeks'?

With the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, they're likely feeling bolstered by news of a rebounding labor market, the Wall Street Journal reports.

After all, the survey also revealed a deep decline in layoffs—with just 28% of the unemployed reporting they had been let go in 2015, down from 36% last year.

Still, despite the economy's growth, many experts firmly warn against making a move without nailing down a new gig first.

After all, much of this demand for workers has been limited to just a few highly-skilled areas, like accounting or information technology, Robert Funk, Express chief executive told the WSJ. Plus, studies have shown that currently employed workers are often much more attractive to employers than those out of a job.

So, ready to ramp up your job search? Here's how to stand out to recruiters in 2015.

RELATED: The Realist's Guide to Sabbaticals: How to Take One—and Still Keep Your Job


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