Percentage of global executives who say talent management is the single most important corporate strategy for their company to implement -- and they indicate it is more critical than marketing (26 percent), financial management (21 percent) and capitalization (7 percent), according to results from a survey of global executives by Korn/Ferry International: 45
Percentage who say they do not believe their company has the right management team over the next 12 months: 43
Percentage who do not believe they will have the right team five years from now: 56
Source: Korn/Ferry International.
In 2011, percentage of U.S. households that hold some form of debt, down from 74 percent in 2000, according to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau: 69
In 2011, median amount of household debt, up from $50,971 (in 2011 constant dollars): $70,000
Source: Census Bureau - Bernstein.
Percentage of single baby boomers who would prefer to date someone about their same age, according to Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey data: 44
Percentage of men who want to date a younger or "much younger" woman, compared to 22 percent of women who say they would prefer to date a younger or much younger man: 63
Source: Del Webb.
Percentage of Americans who find gathering the required paperwork the most frustrating part of filing their taxes, according to a survey conducted for RetailMeNot: 30
Percentage who find the most frustrating part is waiting to get a refund: 20
Percentage who say that finding they owe additional taxes most frustrating: 19
Percentage of small-business owners who indicate that a crashed computer is more disruptive than a sick employee, according to a survey by Brother International Corp.: 75
Percentage who noted that a tech malfunction has negatively impacted their business through a missed deadline or business opportunity: 77
Source: Brother International.
Percentage of Americans who confess to having passed off frozen meals as their own culinary creation, according to a survey by Nestle USA: 25
Percentage who admitted to having "accidentally" stolen a frozen meal from the freezer at work: 14
Percentage of respondents who said they've tried to create their own version of a favorite frozen meal: 31
Source: Nestle Confections & Snacks.
Percentage of Americans who agree that "a product needs to be manufactured within the U.S. for me to consider it 'American,'" putting domestic manufacture ahead of the importance of being from a U.S. company, being made from American parts, or being American designed, according to a Harris Poll: 75
Percentage of U.S. adults who agree that "a product needs to be made by a U.S. company for me to consider it 'American'": 52
Source: Harris Interactive.
During the last recession, percentage better on average that residential property values performed if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service, according to a study released by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors: 42
Number of times more jobs (per square mile) there are in neighborhoods with high-frequency public transportation compared to other areas in a given region: 5
Source: American Public Transportation Association.
Percentage of the world's adults who say they would like to leave their country and move somewhere else permanently, according to a Gallup poll: 13 (or about 630 million people)
Number of people for whom that somewhere else would be the U.S. -- the No. 1 desired destination for potential migrants: 138 million
Source: Gallup Organization.
Number of Christians there are around the world, up from about 600 million in 1910, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life: 2.18 billion
Because the world's overall population also has risen rapidly, from an estimated 1.8 billion in 1910 to 6.9 billion in 2010, percentage of the world's population who are Christian today, down from 35 percent a century ago: 32
Percentage of the world's Christians who live in Europe and the Americas, down from 93 percent in 1910: 63
Source: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
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