Thanks for an interesting question (and...an intriguing name, to boot).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics JOLTS (Job Openings and
Labor Turnover) data, which can be found here:
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Estimates: August 2002 - August 2003
...the turnover rate for the month of August 2003 (the most recent
data available) was 3.7%. A year earlier, in August 2002, the monthly
rate had been at its high for the year of 4.1%.
The number means that during the month of August 2003, 3.7% of the
workforce "turned over", that is, left their job. This includes those
who were fired, quit, retired, changed jobs, returned to school, etc.
Another way of looking at turnover, I suppose, is the Years of Tenure
data, also collected by BLS, which can be seen here:
Median years of tenure with current employer for employed wage and
salary workers by age and sex, selected years, 1983-2002
The Table shows that the average (median) length of time for someone
16 years or older to have been in their job is 3.7 years (as of
January 2002). Additional details are provided for discrete age
In the Statistical Abstracts of the United States, there is a Table 713 entitled:
Establishments, Employees and Payroll by Employment-Size Class
which can be found here:
and which tells us the following data for the year 2000:
Total number of establishments in the US........7,070,000
Total number of employees.....................114,065,000
Simple calculation then tells us that the average number of employees
per establishement is:
114,065,000 / 7,070,000 = 16.1 employees per firm
This may seem like a fairly small number until one remembers that most
businesses in the US are small businesses, including many where an
individual has set up shop for themselves, and their business has only
Additional data in the table will show you the numbers of employees
working for firms of different sizes.
I hope this is the information you were looking for. If anything here
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for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you further.
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