Quitting Time

Do you want to walk? Tell your boss to take this job and shove it? Just say no to another day at work?

More people quit their jobs in August than in any other month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And if you work for the government? Now's the time to get gone. The rate of quitters doubles in late summer compared with other months, though government employees are far less likely to leave their work than those in most private industries.

Some 2.3 to 2.9 percent of all private-sector workers left their jobs in Augusts past, while government workers left at a 0.9 to 1.2 percent clip, according to BLS statistics for 2000 through 2004. Last August, 2.9 million American workers said so long -- 1 million more than moved on in March. The reason for running? It's not just the late summer doldrums or the weeks of covering for others' vacations. It's the hurry back to school and the end of the beach season, according to BLS economist John Wohlford.

Despite an upswing in the economy and in job openings, the U.S. quit rate hasn't grown much since 2000. We're keeping the day job, no matter how much we would like to run off.

-- Vickie Elmer