Many are demanding higher wages to return to the labor force. ADP reports private-sector employment rose strongly in September.
Teenagers have been picking up more jobs during this year.
Almost every restaurant and business is understaffed this summer. At the same time, there are more tourists on the Cape than ever.
The high quit rate and number of new startups signals optimism in the economy's future.
Investor and columnist Barry Ritholtz says workers are gaining leverage in relations with management, which could lift wages.
It's not just child care and health issues. Many people are looking at their old jobs and saying no thanks.
Aneesha Edwards in Lexington, Kentucky, is spending her last summer before college working in retail, where customer traffic is steadier than food service.
Many are offering bonuses. Some are pounding the streets for leads. And potential employees suggest being nicer to workers.