Erik's Weblog 2.0

September 15, 2011

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The World's Biggest Employers

ONE of the biggest headaches for policymakers in many rich countries has been how to create jobs during a period of fiscal austerity and anaemic growth. The private sector has been slow to generate jobs, and government-spending cuts usually end up cutting jobs. And governments employ a lot of people: in our chart of the ten biggest global employers, below, seven are government-run. America's defence department had 3.2m people on its payroll last year, equivalent to 1% of the country's population. China, the world's most populous nation and a big military spender, employs 2.3m people in its armed forces. And the number of people working for the National Health Service in England is equivalent to over 2.5% of the country's population. The three private companies are Walmart, McDonald's and Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, a subsidiary of which is Foxconn, a secretive electronics manufacturer.

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Twits du Jour (September 14)

  • I liked a @YouTube video t.co/F7PKRoHI How Captain America Should Have Ended #
  • I liked a @YouTube video t.co/Z7cLlWRH Flight Search #
  • 115 updates on yum today. CentOS must have been updated. Better get to it! #
  • Not happy Kitties, but the teeth are clean. (@ All Animal & Bird Hospital) t.co/tsALPxxr #
  • I'm at Jack In The Box (507 91st Ave. NE, Lake Stevens) [pic]: t.co/Wjrm7Qq3 #
  • Two unhappy Kitties... Dental cleaning this afternoon. (@ All Animal & Bird Hospital) t.co/4EFcuJZ #