Percentage of prospective graduates who expect to "boomerang" and spend at least some time living with their parents, according to a survey conducted by MonsterTrak: 48
Percentage of 2007 graduates who are still living with their parents: 43
Of this group, percentage who say it is due to limited financial resources: 75
Percentage of travelers who said money is the biggest barrier when it comes to taking family vacations, according to TripAdvisor's Family Travel Survey: 51
Percentage of respondents who take trips with their children who said the hardest part of taking a family vacation is staying on budget: 30
Percentage of job-seeking executives who said they would be comfortable setting their sights on new employment opportunities even while on their current employers' payrolls, according to a survey by Accountemps: 75
Source: Robert Half International.
Percentage of Americans who classify themselves as "early birds," according to a survey conducted by Braun Research for Panera Bread: 46
Percentage who say they are "night owls": 24
Source: Panera Bread.
Year the comic strip "Mutt and Jeff" first appeared in the nations' newspapers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1908
Estimated number of daily newspapers that were printed at that time: 2,600
Estimated number printed today: 1,450
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of homeowners who have received reverse mortgage loans who said they needed the funds because their budget was too tight, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta: 19
Percentage who said they needed more liquid assets on hand: 16
Percentage who said the money was needed for repairs and maintenance: 15
Percentage who needed to care for dependents and/or pay medical bills: 8
Source: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta Inc.
Percentage level of employee engagement -- measured as overall satisfaction with their jobs, pride in working for their employers, whether they would recommend their organizations as a place to work and their willingness to put forth extra effort -- by traditionalists, those employees 63 and older, according to research by Sirota Survey Intelligence: 84
Percentage employee engagement level of baby boomers (ages 43 to 62): 77
Percentage employee engagement level of Generation X (ages 28 to 42): 78
Percentage employee engagement level of Generation Y (ages 27 and younger): 80
Source: Buchanan Public Relations.
Percentage of C-level U.S. executives (CEO, CFO, CIO, owner/partner) who say they want to take their business completely virtual in the next five years, according to a survey conducted by TIE Commerce and The Mishra Group: 53.4
Percentage of U.S. executives who say they are familiar with the advantages of e-commerce: 80.8
Percentage of U.S. executives who say that they would take their company virtual right now if their business could afford the cost: 30.1
Source: TIE Commerce.
Percentage of Americans who say that fashion shows are "over the top" and that they wouldn't wear any of what they see on the catwalk, according to a survey conducted by BIGresearch: 86
Percentage of Americans who say that they would rank spending to raise energy efficiency and develop alternative fuel technology as a top priority for future investment, according to a survey conducted by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in Virginia: 37
Percentage of Americans who say that they would rank spending for medical breakthroughs as most important: 30
Percentage who rank spending on the environment as the most important: 14
Source: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.
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