Among adults ages 19 to 35 who did not complete high school, percentage who said "absence of parental support or encouragement" was a reason they dropped out, according to a survey on behalf of Everest College: 23
Percentage who said "becoming a parent": 21
Source: Everest College.
By 2016, estimated number of small- and medium-business (SMB) employees who will be mobile workers, according to a Techaisle report: 298 million
Percentage of SMB employees who will be working from home by 2016: 25
Average wedding budget in 2012 (excluding the honeymoon), according to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com 2012 Real Weddings Survey: $28,427
Average spending for a wedding in Manhattan, the most expensive place to get married: $76,678
Average spending for a wedding in Alaska, the least expensive place to get married: $15,504
Source: The Knot.
Percentage of Americans who say saving time is very important, according to the results of a national survey from mytimeheroes.com: 78
Percentage of respondents who would rather spend an extra hour with their children or significant other than waste it on mundane activities: 90
To free up that extra hour, percentage of survey participants who reported they would like to have more help around the house: 70
Average amount of money per tooth left by the Tooth Fairy in 2012, an increase of 15 percent over the $2.60 left in 2011, according to a survey by Visa: $3
Percentage of children who receive less than a dollar, down from 7 percent last year: 3
Percentage of children who receive more than $5, compared to 3 percent last year: 8
Source: Visa USA.
Percentage chance of infection by unexpected malware for consumers who procure pirated software, according to a study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and conducted by IDC: 33
As a result of these infections, estimated number of hours that consumers will spend identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malware: 1.5 billion
Cost of this recovery: $22 billion
Percentage of Americans who believe that the U.S. faces a shortage of highly skilled workers, according to a survey conducted for TechNet by Zogby Analytics: 64
Percentage who say immigration policy should encourage highly skilled workers to stay in the country: 63
Percentage of job seekers who proclaimed that their job search was "top priority," according to the online job-matching service survey: 68.1
Percentage of TheLadders' survey respondents who agreed that a resume should be no longer than two pages: 81.1
Percentage who "use privacy settings on personal accounts" and social networks to ensure employers find the best professional profile both online and in person: 51.4
Year that the Philadelphia Flower Show, now covering 33 acres and the largest such indoor event in the world, first opened its doors: 1829
In the U.S., percentage of households that take part in some form of gardening: 70
Estimated number of flower, nursery stock and supply wholesalers that sustain the country's flower shops and garden centers: 112,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Of those Americans whose total annual household income is $75,000 or greater, percentage who indicated they have used, or will use, their tax refund this year to pay down their debt, according to the results of a ShopAtHome.com survey: 41
Of those with a total annual household income of less than $35,000, percentage who said they would save a portion of their refund: 28
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy." -- Norman Vincent Peale
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