Recent tightness in the labor market has pressured employers to raise wages and offer improved working conditions and benefits to compete for talent—and, as a result, workers have been far less likely to face layoffs and discharges than at any other time in the last two decades. Some locations, however, are seeing higher discharge rates than others. To determine the states where existing workers are least likely to lose their jobs, researchers calculated the average monthly discharge rate across all nonfarm workers in 2022 and ranked states accordingly.

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