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9 Out of 14 Leaving Jobs Due to Gas Prices Is No Coincidence

We started hearing about employers pitching in for employees' gas a few months ago, and it's taken just that short amount of time for this work perk to become trendy. It's one trend that stems from necessity: One career services worker reported that of the 14 calls her company received in the last week, nine job seekers said high gas prices were the primary reason for leaving their jobs.

Now that it's obvious that some workers really just can't take the high cost of gas anymore and are seeking employment elsewhere, more employers are finding ways to help their staff get to work. In their eyes, it's cheaper to keep current employees by supplementing gas expenses than enduring turnover.

I wouldn't be surprised if gas perks start appearing in job advertisements. Keep your eyes peeled!


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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My office is going to move about 20 miles further away from home (right now it's only a 5 mile commute)in about 2 months. I'm really not looking forward to it and intend on asking for some compensation for the extra milage. Otherwise I will start looking for a new job closer to home.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I commute far for my job too and honestly I have been looking at jobs a little closer to my house...
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I agree with seven7 one person does not make a case.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's so NOT surprising to hear this happen these days. i know that in the past before things got to be as extreme as they are now, i would consider a job based on the cost to commute and all that (time and gas) and decided against things. i think that it's something that employers will have to factor in when making their offers - if they can compensate more for gas and the sort.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I live deep in the suburbs. All the jobs closer to my house (waitressing at a chain restaurant, mall retail) wouldn't pay enough to cover the mortgage.
cleegiants cleegiants 8 years
i can understand the desire to want a job that's fairly close. i have a 30 mile commute each way and i hate it, but it's a double edge sword right now. there just aren't a lot of jobs and so i want to take what i can get, location whatever! well, not exactly, but close.
stephley stephley 8 years
I have noticed the bus has been much more crowded this summer - maybe two times as many people - so I would be surprised if statistics don't support the headline. If your gas expense doubles or triples in a month that's bad enough - but combined with the impact it has on so many of your other expenses I can see it becoming a job dealbreaker quickly.
seven7 seven7 8 years
Ok, just because one career services employee had 9 out of 14 calls be about gas, does not make this a valid statistic. You need more than one example to make this claim. I don't think 9 out of 14 people can afford to quit their job because of gas. Granted these people may be looking for new jobs, but looking doesn't mean finding, so again this wasn't put right. I'm sorry if this comes across as rude, but I just think this post needed a more fitting title. I do generally love your posts though, so please don't take offense. :)
skigurl skigurl 8 years
that's crazy!!
hex913 hex913 8 years
I ended up taking a job where I drive 100 miles a day at the peak of the gas prices. I did it because I needed to move up in my career, and with the job market what it is, that job was the only opportunity I had in about a year and a half, so I jumped on it. Luckily the extra pay covers my gas expenses.
nv27 nv27 8 years
Im so not surprised. The gas it takes me to get to work is my biggest issue with work right now. AND the house we're builting is twice the distance I drive now so I'll definitley be looking into a vanpool or metrolink (train).
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