Percentage of professionals who believe office politics are alive and well in the workforce, according to a survey by Accountemps: 80
Percentage who admit to taking part in office politics: 55
Percentage who said gossip is the most common form of office politics: 46
Percentage who said "politicking" is very necessary for career advancement: 28
Percentage who said gaining favor by flattering the boss is the most common form of office politics: 28
Percentage of employees surveyed across the nation who believe that safety takes a back seat to productivity at their organizations, according to a survey by the National Safety Council: 33
Percentage of respondents in the construction industry who agreed: 60
Percentage of those working in agriculture, forestry, and fishing and hunting who felt safety was less of a priority than finishing tasks: 52
Ranks of those industries when it comes to the number of occupational deaths each year: 1, 2 (tie)
Source: National Safety Council.
Percentage of Americans whose summer travel plans have been affected by illness or natural disaster, according to U.S. Travel Insurance Association: 17
Percentage of those impacted who have the necessary insurance, according to a CardHub report: 22
Percentage of credit cards that offer travel accident insurance, providing an average of $352,000 in coverage: 93
Rank of Arlington, Virginia, on the list of the best cities to retire, according to a Bankrate.com report: 1
Ranks of Franklin, Tennesee; Des Moines, Iowa; Sarasota, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona, on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: Bankrate Inc.
Percentage of Americans for whom eating dinner at home entails cooking from scratch, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 78
Percentage of Americans who enjoy cooking, with over one-quarter enjoying it a great deal: 57
Of those who enjoy cooking the most, percentage who like to cook from scratch: 86
Ranks of "back pocket" recipes (42 percent), a recipe of their own design (32 percent) or a recipe passed down from a family member (25 percent) on the list of places Americans go when looking to cook something up: 1, 2, 3
Source: The Harris Poll.
In 2015, estimated number of reported injuries among people of all ages that were caused by fireworks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): 29,200
Of these, number that required emergency room visits: 10,181
Total value of medical expenses: $166 million plus
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Year that the Declaration of Independence, a document signed by 56 of America's Founding Fathers, proclaiming independence from English rule, was approved by the Continental Congress, according to U.S. News and DataLine: 1777
Number of people who will venture at least 50 miles from home to celebrate the Fourth, up 0.7 percent from last year, according to AAA: 42 million
Source: U.S. News.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, percentage of farms that are family owned: 97
Number of farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers this represents: 494,879
Median income of these workers: $30,597
Amount of money Nationwide Insurance members spent on canine medical conditions that are commonly associated with dog park fun last year, according to Nationwide: $10 million
Estimated number of Nationwide-insured dogs that suffered soft tissue injuries or sprains, the most common medical condition on the list: 24,000
Ranks of family satisfaction, health and nutrition, and sustainability on the list of important factors that Americans consider when deciding what food to buy, according to the Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker: 1, 2, 3
Percentage who consider where a product is produced when making food purchasing decisions: 89
Source: Cone Communications.
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