Ranks of relevant experience, assessing soft skills, corporate culture fit and evaluating technical skills on the list of the top reasons employers interview job candidates, according to a survey of senior managers by Robert Half: 1, 2, 3, 4
Ranks of a lack of technical abilities and soft skills on the list of the common reasons new hires don't work out: 1, 2
Source: Robert Half.
Percentage of professionals who say they have argued with their spouse about being too connected to work while on vacation, according to a Korn/Ferry survey: 50
Percentage of respondents who say they check in with the office multiple times a day: 48
Percentage who say they do so once a day: 31
Percentage who say they never check in while on vacation: 2
Source: Korn/Ferry International.
Percentage of college-going families who believe they are getting a good value for the price they're paying for college, according to a survey for Sallie Mae: 66
Percentage who report they are paying a fair price: 36
Percentage who say they're getting somewhat of a bargain: 10
Percentage who believe the education is worth every penny: 20
Source: Sallie Mae.
Percentage of Americans who have driven in at least 25 states, according to research by WalletHub: 25
Ranks of California and Texas on the list of the most popular picks as the best state to drive in: 1, 2
Typical annual cost to a student from a lower-income family (less than $50,000) after being accepted to an elite college, according to a survey of the top 30 colleges by The New York Times: $6,000
Annual cost for those students from the middle-class (family income in the $50,000 to $120,000 range): $16,000
Annual cost for those students from an upper-middle-class to affluent background: $60,000 plus
Source: Ameritech Financial.
With 19 million college students heading off to colleges and universities in the coming weeks, amount that retailers can expect parents to spend to get their students settled in, according to Deloitte's 2018 Back-to-College Survey of parents: $25.5 billion
Percentage of back-to-college sales that are expected to be accounted for by brick-and-mortar stores: 54
Projected total back-to-school spending for K-12 and college combined, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights and Analytics: $82.8 billion
Average amount that families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend per student: $684.79
Number of times more likely that low-income parents are to apply for a new credit card in order to save 5 percent on back-to-school shopping than high-income parents, according to a WalletHub survey: 10
Percentage of people who make between $50,000 and $75,000 per year who say their kids' education is worth going into debt for: 84
Percentage of people who make $100,000 plus who agree: 54
Percentage of parents who are confident (50 percent very; 40 percent somewhat) that their child will finish college without a temporary pause in studies, according to a poll conducted for Allianz Global Assistance: 90
Percentage of students who describe themselves as confident (49 percent very; 35 percent somewhat) in their ability to finish college without needing to temporarily withdraw: 84
Percentage of parents who agree that the financial repercussions of withdrawing from a college program could be severe: 85
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Number of times more likely children are to get to school safely by taking the bus rather than riding in a car, according to The National Safety Council: 70
Estimated number of children who are injured by backpacks each year: 14,000
Percentage of a child's weight recommended for a backpack weight, taking into consideration age and physical fitness: 5 to 10
Source: National Safety Council.
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