Job hopping on the rise locally and nationally

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) It’s called “job-hopping": the simple concept of going from one job to another. Reasons may be different, but the concept remains the same.

Payroll processor Adp recently reported that about 27% of employees switched jobs in the 12 months ending in the first quarter of this year.

A LinkedIn study shows that over the last 20 years, the number of companies people worked for in the five years after they graduated has nearly doubled.

And it’s not just millennials.

“We see that for all age groups,” says Roberta Ramsey with Sparks JobConnect. “Not just millennials, but across the board.”

Ramsey says she has seen plenty of job-hopping, adding the increased turnover isn’t always strictly money-related.

“We also see for a variety of reasons, people may want to get jobs closer to home. If they see a job that would reduce their commute we see job-hopping there,” she added. “So they will move from one job to another to accommodate their changing life stages.”

Former KOLO 8 producer Kristen Wood recently left TV news following the birth of her daughter, opting for part-time work as a DJ and bartender instead.

“For me now the decision to work less and be home more was an easy one to make,” Wood said.

“Being a working mom is always a debate,” she added. “Do you work or do you stay home? At the end of the day I just have to do what is best for me.”