The number of quits, which are generally voluntary separations initiated by employees, was 3.2 million in November 2017. There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges, which are involuntary separations initiated by employers. There were 341,000 other separations resulting from retirement, death, disability, and transfers to other locations of the same firm.
The number of total separations, which is the sum of quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations, was 5.2 million in November.
The number of quits, which can serve as a measure of workers' willingness or ability to leave jobs, was little changed from the previous month for total private industry. Quits increased in November 2017 in transportation, warehousing, and utilities and state and local government, excluding education. Quits decreased in other services, real estate and rental and leasing, and mining and logging.
The number layoffs and discharges was also little changed from October. The number of layoffs and discharges was little changed for total private, for government, and in all industries.
These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — November 2017" (HTML) (PDF). Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.