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San Diego's healthcare services sector employed 121,510 people and contributed $17.2 billion to the regional economy in 2012, according to a new study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

The healthcare sector is significantly larger than the San Diego metro area's manufacturing, tourism, and bio-medical research industries, says the institute's Erik Bruvold. Healthcare indirectly supported another 86,500 jobs in 2012. Directly and indirectly, healthcare represented more than 9 percent of the economy two years ago.

However, San Diego is still far down the list of U.S. metro areas in healthcare services employment as a percent of the total population. In first place is Cleveland, which has the renowned Cleveland Clinic, at 6.9 percent; second is Boston/Cambridge, home to prestigious research institutions, at 6.6 percent; San Diego is near the bottom of major metro areas at 3.7 percent.

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MichaelValentine Oct. 30, 2014 @ 4:33 p.m.

Did military employment top the list? Just wondering. Also, health care is a larger slice of the pie then tourism? Gee kind of mind boggling considering how much weight the hotel industry swings.

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Don Bauder Oct. 30, 2014 @ 6:41 p.m.

MichaelValentine: You are alert. Bruvold said in a news release that the healthcare sector is a bigger contributor to the local economy than tourism. I questioned it when I saw it, but the National University System Institute for Policy Research, and Bruvold, are known for accuracy and good research, so I repeated what was in the release.

I shouldn't have. Tonight I tried unsuccessfully to reach Bruvold. But I reached Kelly Cunningham, the institute economist. He says that tourism, both directly and indirectly, contributes $18.9 billion to the local economy, about double what healthcare contributes. After 50 years in financial journalism, I should have known enough to challenge the statement before printing it. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2014 @ 11:32 a.m.

HERE ARE LATEST FIGURES. According to Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy Research, tourism, both directly and indirectly, contributed $18.7 billion to the San Diego economy in 2013. Healthcare, both directly and indirectly, contributed $17.3 billion in 2012. Best, Don Bauder

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Javajoe25 Oct. 30, 2014 @ 10:56 p.m.

Be that as it may, Don, I am still surprised to read Healthcare employment in SD is so low when compared to other major cities. I wonder if this is due to a large segment of healthcare going to active military and veterans and consequently not being counted? I would think with Scripps Institute, UCSD Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and tons of clinical trial research clinics in San Diego, employment in this sector would be much larger.

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2014 @ 9:39 a.m.

JavaJoe25: The 121,510 healthcare jobs are in the private sector. So I assume that this excludes the military. Best, Don Bauder

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