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Many workers open to leaving their jobs

The economy isn’t growing fast, but it’s certainly very mobile. A huge number of Americans are moving between jobs faster than ever.

A new survey conducted by New Jersey-based iCIMS, a recruitment software provider, finds that a whopping 63 percent of U.S. workers say they are looking for new employment.

Not surprisingly, millennials are most likely to be itching for a new gig. Seventy-seven percent said they are seeking another job, compared to 66 percent of Gen Xers and 44 percent of baby boomers.

We should note that “seeking another job” represents a broad range of people with varying levels of satisfaction with their current employer. While some may be really unhappy with their current situation and aggressively chasing new opportunities, most are likely “passive job seekers” who may not look at job boards regularly but are open to considering a new job if it comes their way.

Underscoring how different today’s job market is, the iCIMS survey found that 56 percent of all employees said they would consider leaving their current full-time employment in favor of joining the “gig economy.”

We all know that the gig economy has gotten plenty of buzz, but is it really the future of employment?

Hardly. A study earlier this year found that less than 1 percent of adults reported income from online gig platforms, and that much — if not most — of that came from one company: Uber.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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