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The Numbers for Friday, November 1: People

2,364,000

The number of workers who quit their jobs in August, an 11 percent increase compared to last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That might be a good sign for the economy and job market, though, as more people feel confident enough in their ability to find better employment and affordable healthcare to leave work. (Marketplace)

550,000

The number of people who actively pitch, refine, and vote on ideas for new consumer product inventions created by the New York City startup Quirky. The company has found success using the crowd-sourcing approach with inventions like a flexible power strip and inventive storage containers that it sells through retailers like Target and Home Depot. Inventors and members who contribute to each product get a share of the revenue, and the company expects sales to reach $50 million this year. (Forbes)

6

The number of people who were able to successfully enroll in the new federal health insurance exchange in the first day of their availability, according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (CNBC)

About the author

Shea Huffman is a graduate of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a fill-in web producer for Marketplace.
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