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The life, medical, and health sciences represent a broad array of disciplines that generally involve the biology and health of people, plants, and animals. These fields, especially when the provision of medical care is included, make up an important and growing part of Michigan’s economy. Approximately 533,000 Michiganders were employed in one of these sectors in 2015, representing approximately one in eight jobs. Between 2011 and 2015, the sector added 21,000 jobs, with growth of 4.2 percent. While this growth is slower than the overall economy during this period, this slower growth is misleading. Michigan’s economy is still recovering from the sharp employment declines that occurred in the 2000s, a decline that the life, medical, and health sciences did not experience. Compared to its 2000 level, employment in the life, medical and health sciences is up 18.9 percent, while overall Michigan employment is still down 9.3 percent.1 The ability of the sector to grow while the rest of Michigan’s economy was contracting represents an important stabilizing force for the economy.