Georgia’s state government notched its highest-ever annual staff turnover rate at 23% from mid-2020 to mid-2021, according to state data – higher than many other state governments such as Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona.

Low salaries and stiff competition from the private sector have siphoned off employees at key agencies caring for foster kids, helping mental-health patients and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Chick-fil-a can pay significantly more than we can,” said state Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, who runs Georgia’s infectious-disease programs and COVID-19 response.

In this story, State Affairs breaks down the numbers behind the Great Resignation in Georgia’s state government and what it means for getting residents their taxpayer-funded services.

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