Percentage of employees who are tired at work, increasing the risk of injuries and incidents on the job, according to a National Safety Council report: 69
Percentage of employers in the transportation industry who feel the impact of fatigue -- the highest among all safety-critical industries NSC reported on: 97
Percentage of employers in the utilities field who said it is unsafe to drive while tired, although just 66 percent of employees in that industry agreed: 95
Source: National Safety Council.
Number of self-published book titles in 2017 in the U.S., the first time cracking the million mark, according to a report from Bowker: 1,009,188
Percentage of affluent older Americans who would rather die than live in a nursing home, according to a Nationwide Retirement Institute survey: 56
Percentage who fear becoming a burden: 47
Percentage of university students in the U.S. who say they don't have enough money for food, according to the report Still Hungry and Homeless in College, conducted by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab: 36
Percentage who said they have skipped meals or cut the size of their portions, with 18 percent being forced to do so on at least three occasions in the last 30 days: 25
Percentage of community college students who say they have skipped meals or eaten smaller portions to cut costs: 42
Source: Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.
Percentage of Americans who see little upside for women's workplace opportunities as a result of the increased focus on sexual harassment and assault, according to a Pew Research Center survey: 20
Percentage who say it will lead to more opportunities for women in the workplace in the long run: 28
Percentage who say it won't make much of a difference: 51
Source: Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends.
Ranks of New York, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont and Minnesota on the list of states with the highest tax burden, according to WalletHub: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of Alaska, Delaware, Tennessee, Florida and New Hampshire on the list of states with the lowest tax burden: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Percentage of employed Americans (including adults working both full time and part time) who are likely to have been offered strictly online training, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Axonify: 17
Percentage who have been offered classroom-based training: 15
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage growth in the world wellness market in the last two years -- from a $3.7 trillion industry in 2015 to $4.2 trillion in 2017, according to a report by the Global Wellness Institute: 12.8
Annual percentage growth in the wellness industry -- nearly twice as fast as global economic growth (3.6 percent) from 2015 to 2017: 6.4
Source: Global Wellness Institute.
Percentage increase over 2017 in expected holiday retail sales in November and December -- excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants, according the National Retail Federation: 4.3 to 4.8
Total increase this represents: $3.44 billion
Percentage of households with over-the-top (OTT) -- or streaming internet-based -- subscriptions that subscribe to Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or Netflix, according to research by Parks Associates: 91
Source: Parks Associates.
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -- Albert Einstein
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