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‘HealthSights: Therapy’ Examines Workforce Over the Third Quarter of 2021

MHC Insight‘s latest report, HealthSights: Therapy, includes an analysis of Michigan’s Therapy workforce in the third quarter (July-September) of 2021.

Data from the third quarter of 2021, including July, August, and September, showed changing levels in employer demand levels for therapy occupations in the State of Michigan. There were 223 fewer postings (9.8 percent) during Q3 2021 than in Q2 2021, and 630 more postings (44 percent) than during Q3 2020. This suggests ongoing job growth in therapy health occupations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially between 2020 and 2021.

In 2020, there were 21,376 individuals working in therapy occupations in the State of Michigan. 75 percent of the workforce was female, while 25 percent were male. Most of those working in Michigan were white (85 percent), while African American or Black workers accounted for seven percent of the workforce, and Asian workers were five percent. Those identifying as having a Hispanic or Latino ethnicity accounted for two percent. The majority of the workforce (79 percent) was between the ages of 25 and 54, indicating that an aging workforce may not yet be a problem for therapy occupations in Michigan. Generally, completions for therapy health occupations have remained steady since 2009, with a small decline in 2020, indicating that the increase in demand between 2020 and 2021 may be a result of less supply.

This information has been sourced by EMSI and analyzed by Michelle Wein, Director of Data & Research at Michigan Health Council, as part of the HealthSights series. The HealthSights series seeks to explore historical, current, and future trends in Michigan’s health care workforce, while providing context to employers, educators, workforce development professionals, and policymakers that assist with health care talent development in the State of Michigan.

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