Percentage of Americans who say that a teacher made a significant, positive impact on their life, according to an Ipsos/USA Today poll: 73
Percentage of parents of children under 18 who would even encourage their own child to become a teacher: 61
Percentage who say they approve of the teachers in their local public school district: 76
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of U.S. adults who say there are too many unknowns about old age to make it worth living to 100, according to a University of Phoenix Survey: 59
Percentage who indicated they would like to live to 100 if they were guaranteed to be of sound body and mind: 85
Percentage who said they would if their spouse, partner and/or loved ones were still alive: 79
Source: University of Phoenix.
Percentage of adults with credit card debt -- over 31 million Americans -- who think they have dug themselves too deep a hole to ever climb out, according to a new CreditCards.com report: 35
Number of homeowners who believe it's acceptable to tap into home equity to keep up with regular household bills, according to a Bankrate.com report: 24 million
Percentage of homeowners earning less than $30,000 per year who say it's OK to tap into home equity to cover ordinary bills, more than triple the percentage among those who make $75,000 or more: 31
Percentage of millennials who think borrowing from home equity to pay day-to-day bills is viable, compared to 12 percent of those who are older: 22
Percentage of homeowners who think home improvements/repairs are an adequate circumstance to borrow from home equity: 74
Percentage of employers who regularly see recent college graduates struggle to adjust to the workplace, according to a white paper produced by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR) and The Jed Foundation: 77
In spite of this, percentage of employers who believe the majority of recent graduates come to work with all of the skills they need to succeed in the workplace: 64
Among employers, percentage who agree that many recent college graduates settle for jobs that are "good enough," rather than pursuing their dream job: 72
Source: Jed Foundation.
When technology leaders were asked which of the following they were willing to do when they face challenges filling an open full-time role, percentage who would work with a specialized recruiter, according to research from Robert Half Technology: 46
Percentage who would be more flexible on skills requirements and provide training to new hires: 45
Percentage who would divide responsibilities among existing teams: 45
Source: Robert Half Technology.
Estimated number of children who go to emergency rooms because of playground-related injuries annually, according to the National Safety Council: 200,000
Frequency of emergency room treatment of a child for a sports-related concussion: every 3 minutes
Source: National Safety Council.
Percentage of U.S. workers/job seekers who say that a lack of information about a job's total compensation package, including pay and benefits, is their biggest frustration, according to a survey from Glassdoor: 50
Ranks of "the employer announcing layoffs," "a poor first interaction with a recruiter or hiring manager" and "reading negative reviews from employees" on the list of reasons that would cause workers/job seekers to pull out of a recruitment process: 1, 2, 3
For purchases under $10, percentage of Americans who prefer paying with cash -- over debit (30 percent) and credit cards (23 percent), according to a study of rewards credit cardholders from CreditCards.com: 45
Median cost at which rewards credit cardholders think it makes sense to use credit: $25
Percentage of job seekers who say it's reasonable to "ghost" companies during the interview process, abruptly cutting off communication when they decide not to pursue a job, according to a new survey from Clutch: 48
Percentage of job seekers who ghost when they accept another job: 30
"To have and not to give is often worse than to steal." -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, writer
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