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More People Quitting Their Jobs



In the middle of a recovering economy, it's something many would never dream of.


"I wouldn't set myself up for failure in case I couldn't find a job right away," resident Allenia Boots said.


According to the Labor department, some people are taking the risk.


In addition to total hiring increasing back in April, the number of people quitting their jobs also increased - 7.2% to more than 2 million people.


"I've had hard times finding a job, and when I would find it I would keep it," Boots said.


The report says its a good sign for the economy. Those workers quitting means that they've already found new jobs, or are confident they could find new ones.


It's that trend that Zepplins restaurant in Cedar Rapids and other Iowa businesses hope to avoid.


"In the almost 4 years we've been open, we haven't lost a single employee to another restaurant," manager Dan Shissler said.


A recent study put out by the Manpower Employment group says as job numbers improve, and employers look to snatch away top talent, retention is the way to continue economic growth in Iowa.


Manager Dan Shissler says their secret recipe for retention is cooked up in the kitchen.


"The more consistent we can make our kitchen, the fewer complaints we get about food, the more tips servers make, and the easier it is to retain our servers," Shissler said


That model of consistency is one more Iowa workers would like to see from employers.


"Just maintain their overall general attitude where they are for the people and not against them," Boots said.


Manpower also says you'll find the nation's strongest job outlook right here in Iowa - in the city of Des Moines. They say the strongest job prospects are in construction, manufacturing and retail.

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