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Why so many people are leaving their jobs, and what the impact is in Maine


4.3 million Americans, or 2.9% of the entire workforce, quit their jobs in August. This piggybacks on a trend that began last spring, as workers in virtually all industries began leaving their jobs in droves. It’s been dubbed "The Great Resignation." We’ll learn what’s behind these trends, what it means for Maine workers, and how it's affecting Maine businesses. This show is part of our ongoing series of programs examining Maine's evolving economy.

Scott Horsley, chief economics correspondent, NPR
Mark McInerney, director, Center for Workforce Research and Information, Maine Department of Labor
Jessica Crosby, director of talent management, Maine Bureau of Human Resources

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.