Blog Post

Insight: The Great Resignation: How Has It Impacted Utah’s Health Care Industry to Date?

By: Laura Summers and John Downen

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In February 2021, we produced a blog on The Impact of COVID-19 on Utah’s Health Care and Social Assistance Industry. Since then, we’ve learned more about the “Great Resignation” of 2021, or the trend of employees voluntarily leaving their jobs. Despite being known as a recession-resilient sector, there is concern that health care is one of the industries being hit hardest by this exodus.

Interestingly, data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services show that Utah’s health care and social assistance industry rebounded in the first half of 2021, with a positive growth rate of 4.1%. Figure 1 shows the annual percent change in employment from 2002 to 2021 (using data for the first half of each year since numbers are currently available through only the first six months of 2021).

It is important to