This month saw the release of the Human Capital Report, ranking the major nations of the world on how well they are leveraging their human capital to achieve competitive, productive economies. Produced by the World Economic Forum, an independent, nonpartisan international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business and other world leaders, the Human Capital Report is free to explore and download here. It ranks 122 major countries based on 51 indicators spread over four "pillars" of a productive economy: health and wellness; education; workforce and employment; and the "enabling environment", including such factors as infrastructure and the legal framework. The United States is ranked 16th overall, getting high marks for the capability of our workforce but ranking a disappointing 43rd in the "health and wellness" category, brought down in part by our propensity to stress, obesity, and related illnesses. Check out the individual country profiles and other useful data for research projects, personal interest, or business planning.
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