Workers leave their jobs in droves to become their own bosses

The pandemic has unleashed a historic explosion in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are fighting it out on their own as consultants, retailers and small business owners.

The move helps explain the ongoing change in the world of work, as more people look for flexibility, worry about exposure to the virus, annoyed with vaccine mandates or simply frustrated with pre-pandemic office life. It also exacerbates labor shortages in some industries and increases pressure on companies to reform their employment policies.

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