World Population Day: So many people, so much opportunity

Every July 11, the United Nations celebrates this day to bring awareness to humankind's success and impact on our planet.

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Happy World Population Day! Is the Earth getting smaller or is it just us?

Our planet now sports a robust 7.5 billion other humans that live, work and play remarkably similar to you and me. We’ve grown accustomed to sharing the limited resources and technology to save and preserve lives around the world.

Graph via Google.

We are living longer and thriving because of this. And despite economic inequality separating economic superpowers from less-fortunate nations, fertility rates are high in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Nigeria’s population (182 million) is expected to surpass the United States by 2050. India’s population (1.31 billion) will zoom by China (1.37 billion) by 2024.

To bring to your attention the benefits and challenges of this population boom, this United Nations event is held every July 11 and has been going on since 1989, when our world only had a wee 5.27 billion of us.

We at WorkingNation want you to understand the scale that the United States is dealing with when it comes to our share of the world’s population. That’s why we’ve created this informative video which tells you, by the numbers, what solving joblessness can do for our domestic economy.

Did you know?

  • 83 million more people are added to the population every year and by 2100 there will be an estimated 11.2 billion humans.
  • Out of the 7.5 billion people on Earth, 300 million of them are in the United States. That’s 25% of the entire world’s population.
  • Out of our 300 million, there are 6.9 million unemployed people, more than the population of Denmark (pop. 5.67 million).
  • If we put 6.9 million of our unemployed workers back into the workforce with median wage jobs, their total income would be more than the entire gross domestic production of Sweden (pop. 9.7 million).
  • 20.5 million Americans are attending some form of higher education. If each graduate landed a median wage job, then they would equal the GDP of Mexico (pop. 127 million).

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