The economy must be improving and so employees are resigning again.

Voluntary resignations jumped by more than a percentage point from 2011 to 2012, according to research from XpertHR. In 2011, 9.3 percent of staff departures were voluntary, compared to 10.6 percent last year.

The highest percentage of quitters was found among service industry employees, where 12.2 percent left of their own volition.  Just 8.1 percent of public-sector workers quit, and only 7 percent of manufacturing employees left voluntarily in 2012.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.