Rank of financial security on the list of the most important attributes for a positive outlook on life, according to research by Northwestern Mutual: 1
Percentage of Americans who agree that nothing makes them happier or more confident than feeling like their finances are in order: 87
Source: Northwestern Mutual.
Ranks of a candidate's interview performance, resume and previous work experience as key areas of focus for advertising and marketing executives looking for a new hire, according to The Creative Group: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of executives who prefer reviewing traditional resumes over other formats, like social or online, infographic and video: 74
Average number of interview rounds that top candidates go through: 3
Source: The Creative Group.
Percentage of Americans not taking all of their vacations who say they do so because their "workload is too heavy": 56
Percentage who believe they "lack coverage at work": 56
Percentage who say "the cost of travel" is an impediment to their taking vacation: 53
Source: DataTrek Research
Percentage of Americans who do not think we get good value for what our country spends on health care, according to a poll from NORC at the University of Chicago and the West Health Institute: 75
Percentage of respondents who said that over the last year they had to choose between paying for medical bills or basic necessities, such as food, heating or housing: 30
Percentage of people who fear the medical bills that come with a serious illness more than fear the illness itself: 40 percent
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago.
Percentage of professionals from varying industries who agreed that the retention of new hires in their organization is an issue, according to a Korn Ferry survey: 93
Percentage of respondents who said that offering more money to a new hire who wanted to leave would not make them stay: 55
Percentage who said challenging and rewarding work is what keeps them on the job: 70
When asked which generation would be most likely to leave a new job if they were not satisfied, percentage of professionals who said millennials: 82
Source: Korn/Ferry International.
Number of children who have died in 2018 so far because of being left in a hot car, according to research by the National Safety Council: 9
On an 86-degree day, approximate amount of time it takes for the temperature inside a vehicle to reach 105 degrees: 10 minutes
Average number of young lives claimed each year through children being left in a hot car: 37
Percentage of all pediatric vehicular heatstroke (PVH) deaths since 1998 that have happened when the vehicle was at home: 56
Percentage that have happened while the parent's or caregiver's vehicle was parked at their workplace: 25
Source: National Safety Council.
Ranks of corruption, unemployment, poverty or social inequality, crime and violence, and health care on the list of the top five global concerns, according to research by Ipsos Public Affairs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of health care, crime and violence, terrorism, immigration and corruption on the list of issues that most concern Americans: 1, 2, 3, 4 (tie)
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Cost of retail thefts, fraud and losses (also known as retail "shrink") in 2017, according to the annual National Retail Security survey by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida: $46.8 billion
Ranks of shoplifting and organized retail crime (36 percent), internal employee theft (33 percent), administrative paperwork errors (19 percent) and vendor fraud or mistake (6 percent) on the list of the most frequent causes of losses: 1, 2, 3, 4
Of those Americans who are saving some of their income, percentage who say they are saving more than 10 percent, according to a study from Bankrate.com: 27
Percentage who say they are putting away more than 15 percent of their paycheck: 16
Percentage of younger millennials who are saving more than 15 percent of their incomes: 23
Percentage of older boomers who are saving more than 15 percent of their incomes: 27
Percentage of college students who think they'll be worse off financially than their parents, according to WalletHub: 33
Percentage who say excellent credit is worth more than a college degree: 25
"A prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice." -- Niccolo Machiavelli, political philosopher and author (1469-1527)
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