Percentage of American white-collar workers who say they feel "inundated with information" at their workplace, according to a survey conducted by LexisNexis: 70
Percentage who say they feel they are headed for an information "breaking point": 41
Percentage who say they wish they could spend less time organizing information and more time using what information comes their way: 68
Percentage who say that not being able to access the right information at the right time is a "huge time-waster": 85
Percentage of all stories carried by newspapers, television and the Internet last year that were about Iraq or the 2008 presidential election, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism: 26
Percentage accounted for by news about countries aside from the U.S., Iraq, Iran and Pakistan: 6
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Percentage of homeowners who take on their own do-it-yourself projects, according to a national survey by Floor and Decor: 67
Percentage of respondents who ranked painting walls as the most common household remodeling project completed within the last five years: 70
Ranks of installing plumbing fixtures (25 percent) and installing cabinets (24 percent) that home owners perceive as the most difficult remodeling projects to do yourself: 1, 2
Source: Floor and Decor.
Percentage of parents who know their family should eat a balanced diet, according to a national survey by YMCA of the USA and Eli Lilly: 91
Percentage who say their household actually does: 56
Percentage who know their family should exercise regularly: 93
Percentage who say their household does: 45
Percentage of HR executives worldwide who say that the "war for talent" is and will be a key and enduring business issue over the next 10 years and beyond, according to a survey conducted by Resources Global Professionals: 82
Percentage of HR executives who say they are planning to hire external resources: 90
Percentage who say they are looking offshore for talent: 60
Source: Resources Global Professionals.
Percentage of U.S. executives who say they believe markets will recover from the current recession this year, according to a survey conducted by TheLadders.com: 56.5
Percentage of U.S. executives who say they are concerned a recession will have an impact on their income growth: 59.7
Number of low-income children across the U.S. who take part in the Federal School Breakfast Program every month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 10 million
Estimated number of children who take part in the National School Lunch Program every month -- either at no cost or at a reduced price: 30 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Ranks of Prague, Budapest and Lisbon as the best bargain European cities, according to the results of the annual worldwide European travel survey by TripAdvisor: 1, 2, 3
Ranks of London, Paris and Rome as the most expensive European cities: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of sales professionals who say they are happy with the way they are managed, according to a survey by SalesDog.com: 70
Percentage who say they feel adequately recognized for their achievements: 64
Percentage who say their management's sales expectations or quotas are realistic: 75
National rank of Ohio in new business development and expansion, meriting the 2007 Governor's Cup Award, according to the Ohio Business Development Coalition: 1
Number of years that Ohio has been awarded the Governor's Cup, tying Texas for the most wins when compared to other states: 6 (1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2006 and 2007)
Source: Ohio Business Development Coalition.
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