Working for health and growth - Investing in the health workforce

The health sector is a key economic sector and a job generator. The aggregate size of the world’s health sector is over US$ 5.8 trillion per year. Across the OECD countries, employment in health and social work grew by 48% between 2000 and 2014, while jobs in industry and agriculture declined. Demand for health services will continue to increase, creating millions of new jobs. Available estimates suggest that globally each worker trained in a health occupation is supported by one to two other workers.

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