It probably comes as no surprise, but the Pentagon (or the Department of Defense, or the United States military in general) has been named the world’s largest employer by the World Economic Forum.
With more than 3.2 million people on its payroll, it’s king.
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The second largest is China’s People’s Liberation Army with 2.3 million on its staff roster and third biggest is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with 2.1 million employees.
McDonald’s Corp. MCD, -0.23% came in fourth with 1.9 million workers but the World Economic Forum noted the fast-food chain would be eliminated from the list if employees at its franchise restaurants weren’t counted.
“As the majority of its restaurants are franchises, this figure falls to 420,000 when they are excluded,” said the World Economic Forum.