More than half-million overworked and exhausted healthcare workers quit their jobs in August in the midst of a surge of the Delta variant COVID-19 cases. According to data from a job opening and labor turnover survey released earlier this month, the number of people who quit their job in August hit 4.3 million — the highest number on record since December 2000.
About 534,000 health care workers quit their jobs in August, up from around 404,000 during the same month in 2020. The numbers suggest health care workers turned in their resignations
In droves — adding to concerns of staffing shortages — as the highly contagious Delta variant caused COVID-19 hospitalizations to spike across the U.S. during the summer.
The highest numbers of people who quit their jobs were found in the South and Midwest, the two regions hit hardest by COVID outbreaks in August, ABC News reported.
Around 892,000 people quit their jobs in hotels, bars, and restaurants, up roughly 21 percent from July and nearly twice as many as in August 2020. About 721,000 Americans quit retail jobs.
The government admits job gains were sluggish for the second straight month in September, with only 194,000 jobs added, though the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent from 5.2 percent. The hiring figure is a net total taking into account the total of quits, retirements, and layoffs, ABC News reported.
A report showed hiring declined in August, while the number of available jobs fell to 10.4 million, from a record high of 11.1 million in July. The steepest drop in job openings were in healthcare and social assistance, according to the figures.
The latest data probably does not factor in the impact of vaccine mandates, Newsweek noted.
President Joe Biden announced last month new federal vaccine requirements affecting up to 100 million Americans— private-sector employees as well as healthcare workers and federal contractors.