Percentage of global consumers who say they feel anxious when their mobile devices are not close at hand, according to a survey by Nielsen: 53
Percentage who can't imagine life without mobile devices: 56
Percentage who say their mobile device makes their life better: 70
Source: Nielsen Analytics.
Percentage of executives who say that when a hiring decision doesn't work out it is because of a mismatched skill set, according to a survey by Robert Half: 38
Percentage who say it is because of unclear performance expectations: 27
Percentage who say personality conflicts: 20
Source: Robert Half.
Percentage of workers who agree a majority of the workforce will be employed in an agile capacity by the year 2025 (i.e., contractor, consultant, temporary or freelance), according to a study released by Randstad U.S.: 70
Percentage of employers who agree: 68
Source: Randstad U.S.
Current percentage of the U.S. population that is Muslim, according to Ipsos' latest Perils of Perception survey: 0.01
Percentage of Muslims as perceived by Americans: 17
Percentage of our population that will be Muslim by 2020, as perceived by Americans: 23
Percentage of our population will be Muslim by 2020, according to projections from the Pew Research Center: 1.1
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Median annual household income 1967, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: $7,143 ($44,282 in 2014 dollars)
Median annual household income in 2016: $53,657
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of workers who are very confident or somewhat confident that the Social Security system will continue to provide benefits of at least equal value to the benefits received by retirees today, according to EBRI's most recent annual Retirement Confidence Survey: 39
Percentage of workers who are not at all confident that future Social Security benefits will match or exceed the value of today's benefits: 32
Percentage of registered dietitians who say that consumers will choose mindful eating over dieting, according to a survey by Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian: 49
Percentage of registered dietitians who say consumers will choose to "eat clean" -- looking to consume foods that are less processed and more whole foods, such as veggies, fruits, ancient grains and green tea, as well as plant-based proteins like nuts and seeds: 59
Source: Pollock Communications; Today's Dietitian.
Amount of money spent in Cuba on health care per person per year, according to Global Wellness research: $813
Amount spent in the United States on health care per person per year: $9,403
Source: Global Wellness Institute.
Percentage of the 100 popular credit cards surveyed that will extend a manufacturer's warranty for free (usually by two years), according to CreditCards.com report: 81
Percentage of cards that reimburse for items that are lost, stolen or damaged in the first few months after they were bought: 57
Rank of Phoenix on the list of the best U.S. airports taking into consideration flight delays, cancellations, average security wait times, distance from the city center, public transit options, bars/restaurants and parking rates, according to a study conducted by ThePointsGuy.com: 1
Ranks of LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Airport on the list of the worst U.S. airports: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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