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Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Kentucky has the highest rate of job quitters in the nation, according to the inaugural release of state-level job openings and labor turnover data.

Why it matters: It offers a look at the places driving a pandemic-era trend that's seeing people leave their jobs in droves.

What's going on: Kentucky has a large concentration of jobs in warehousing and transportation — two sectors that have seen employees flee for better working conditions and pay.

Details: The rate of job openings in Kentucky (8%) is among the country's highest (second only to Alaska, 9%). At a national level, it's 6.6%.

  • There are two open jobs for every unemployed Kentuckian. That doesn't beat out Nebraska, however, which has three available gigs for every jobless person.

Bonus ... The place with the lowest quits rate? D.C.

Go deeper

A tale of two jobs reports

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

Whatever you think about the economy, you’ll find something in this morning’s conflicting jobs report to reinforce your views: America's job market is white-hot and the labor market is anemic.

Between the lines: The conflict comes from the two separate surveys the government uses to compile the report.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Dec 3, 2021 - Sports

Charted: D-I athlete grad rates

Chart: NCAA Research

Division I student-athletes continue to graduate at their highest rate in the 20 years the data has been tracked, per the NCAA.

By the numbers: The overall single-year rate held steady at last year's rate of 90%, up from 74% in 2002.

2 hours ago - Health

Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

New data from South Africa suggests the Omicron variant spreads more than twice as quickly as the Delta variant, and that immunity from prior infection doesn't appear to protect a person very well against Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The findings are extremely preliminary, and there are still many open questions about how well vaccines work against the variant. But these initial breadcrumbs of data are helping the world begin to understand what it's up against.