Wisconsin’s 145 hospitals have a $22 billion annual impact on the state’s economy and employ 100,000, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

The health care sector is a mainstay of the state’s economy and one of its more stable and steadily growing industries that is less sensitive to economic turmoil. Hospitals continue to create new jobs and provide above-average wages, said the study, “Healthy Hospitals, Healthy Communities: The Economic Impact of Wisconsin Hospitals.”

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