Employment in the renewable energy sector, excluding large hydropower, increased by 2.8% to reach 8.3 million in 2016, with China, Brazil, the United States, India, Japan and Germany being the leading job markets. If the large hydropower segment is included, the sector employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, almost twice as many as in 2012, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. As many as 62% of sector employees worldwide were in Asia where renewable Energy Agency. As many as 62% of sector employees worldwide were in Asia where renewable energy projects were on the rise. The agency expects jobs in the sector could reach 24 million by 2030, more than offsetting fossil-fuel job losses and becoming a major economic driver around the world.