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Dear Workforce Turnover in 1999

Is there one number that is the average of all industries?
February 6, 2000
Related Topics: Retention, Dear Workforce

Dear Workforce:

Do you have an averaged national1999 employee turnover rate? I know such a figure includes many influencingfactors, but it would suit my purposes well.
—LindaFunk, HR Manager, Anderson Public Library, Anderson IN.


Dear Linda:

Turnover rates vary, ofcourse, by industry and company size. The average national turnover rate hovered around 1.3 percent per month(according to the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) during the second quarterof 1999. 

This was an increaseover the record 1.1 percent seen by employers in 1998

SOURCE:. MarciaL. Jones, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CriterionIncorporated, Irving, TX, January 13, 2000.

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