Americans quit their jobs in record numbers ahead of the holidays, with an all-time monthly high of 4.5 million people handing in their resignations in November, according to newly released government data. That figure surpasses the previous high reached in September, when 4.4 million people left their jobs. Leisure and hospitality companies, such as restaurants, bars and hotels, saw the greatest number of employee exits, with more than 1 million workers quitting in November alone, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Tuesday. That represents an increase of 60% for the industry, a major employment sector, compared with a year earlier. The data suggests that the "Great Resignation," as some experts have labeled the trend, continues apace amid an extremely tight labor market. With workers in high demand, bosses are raising wages and dangling incentives such as hiring bonuses. That is providing opportunities for many employees to quit lower-paying jobs in favor of more lucrative work. "People who quit are taking other jobs, not leaving the workforce," tweeted Heidi Shierholz, the former chief economist at the Labor Department and now president of Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. "Workers being able to quit their jobs to take better jobs is a very good thing and signals an economy with healthy dynamism," she added. In the latest #JOLTS data, 4.5 million people quit, but *6.7 million* people were hired. People who quit are taking other jobs, not leaving the workforce. On net, the labor market is gaining a ton of jobs every month. 2/ — Heidi Shierholz (@hshierholz) January 4, 2022 Some Americans also may be stepping back fr . . . read the full article here.