Percentage of employers who believe that academic institutions are not adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 24
When asked where academic institutions fall short, percentage of employers who cited "too much emphasis on book learning instead of real-world learning": 47
Percentage who said they need workers with a blend of technical skills and those skills gained from liberal arts: 39
Estimated number of the world's severely obese who live in high-income, English-speaking countries, according to a study published in The Lancet: 25
Number of obese adults who live in these countries: 118 million
Source: GMCR Wellness Collection.
Percentage of the time chief financial officers say they spend on work email that is wasted, according to a Robert Half survey: 17
Ranks of spam and overuse of the "cc" line on the list of culprits for this waste of time: 1, 2
Source: Robert Half.
Estimated sales in 2016 of U.S. meal kit delivery services -- whereby consumers order meals from picture menus, pre-measured fresh ingredients along with recipes are delievered to their doorstep and are prepared at home, according to Packaged Facts: $1.5 billion
Source: Packaged Facts.
Amount that can be saved by choosing the average used car instead of the average new car, according to research by Kelley Blue Book 2015: $13,500
After three years, percentage of the original price that your new car will be worth, according to Consumer Reports: 54
Because today's cars, trucks, SUVs and vans simply last longer, age of the average car on American roads (a record high): 11.5 years
Source: Kelley Blue Book.
Rank of New York City as the best city for a young person to launch a career, according to a 100-city report by Bankrate.com: 1
Ranks of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and San Jose, California, as the best cities for young people to launch a career: 2, 3, 4 and 5
Rank of Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the list of cities that offer the best opportunity for career advancement, job prospects and pay potential: 100
Ranks of data scientist (annual median salary $128,240), statistician ($79,990), information security analyst (88,890) and audiologist ($73,060) on the list of the best-ranked jobs, according to Careercast.com's annual Jobs Rated report: 1, 2, 3, 4,
Ranks of enlisted military ($27,936), disc jockey ($29,010), logger ($35,160) and broadcaster ($37,200) on the list of the worst-ranked jobs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Percentage of Americans who say they enjoy saving money more than spending it, according to a Gallup poll: 65
Percentage of respondents who say they are spending less, and that the change will become a new, normal pattern: 29
Source: Gallup Organization.
The average number of pounds of lettuce that Americans eat annually, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 25
Pounds of onions: 20
Pounds of bell peppers: 10
Pounds of carrots and cucumbers: 10.5
Pounds of tomatoes: 86
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of adults who say most police officers have a positive impact on the communities where they work, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 88
Percentage of the general adult population who feel the police in their community are excellent/pretty good at being helpful and friendly: 68
Percentage of respondents who say the police are effective in preventing crime: 58
When asked about treatment of specific race groups, percentage of Americans who say the police in their community treat all races fairly: 49
Source: The Harris Poll.
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