Fourth, according to the BBC accounting is McDonalds at 1.9 million employees. But, BBC.com makes the point that 80 percent of McDonalds employees work for a franchisee, so you decide whether it belongs in the fourth spot or not.
Then, at number five (with the condition described above) is the National Health Service which the BBC puts at 1.7 million employees.
That seems like a lot of employees for a national healthcare system.
The UK, according to the CIA's World Factbook, has a population of about 63 million people.
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With all the ballyhoo about Obamacare following the Supreme Court's decision just a month ago, I wondered how many people it might take to support a National Health Service in the U.S. of A.
Our population is about 314 million; just about five times the size of the U.K. If it takes as many people to manage our healthcare system per citizen as it does in the U.K then we can expect that, at full power, Obamacare will need 6.73 million employees to help you stay healthy.
6.73 million is about the population of Washington State, so it will be as if every logger and barista in the country will have been drafted to work in Obamacare.
That is an Olympian endeavor.