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Insight: The Impact of COVID-19 on Utah’s Health Care and Social Assistance Industry

By: Laura Summers

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In addition to ensuring rapid and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, one of our state’s top priorities for 2021 is economic advancement. For example, the One Utah Roadmap outlines plans for promoting talent development, infrastructure investment, sustainable growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, fiscal responsibility, and strategic industry advancement by building on Utah’s industrial strengths.

One established, and stable, industry in Utah is the health care and social assistance sector. This industry has long been known as a recession-resilient sector, experiencing positive year-over-year growth since at least 1991. Like most industries, however, the health care and social assistance industry was negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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