Even as employers struggle to hire workers, wages remain stagnant.
Average hourly pay has held flat for the past year after adjusting for inflation, according tothe Labor Department.
Meantime, American workers are quitting at rates not seen since the dot-com era, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal, which cited government data as showing 3.4 million quit their jobs in April, close to a 2001 peak and double the 1.7 million workers given pink slips during the month.
The decision to quit and look for better paying or more satisfying employment can be rewarding, as employees tend to get their largest pay increases when they job hop.
About 30 percent of those switching jobs in May netted larger pay checks than those who stayed put, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
The willingness to look for better pay and working condition has some businesses catering to employees in a way they might not have considered in years past.
Derek Volk, the president of Volk Packaging in Biddeford, Maine, told the Wall Street Journal he recently let a worker push back her start time due to a day-care issue involving her dog.
“A few years ago, that would have been a ridiculous ask, but now you have to be flexible,” he told the newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.