Rank of "a unique, one-of-a-kind costume" on the list of the most popular costume styles among respondents who plan to dress up this Halloween, according to the Goodwill National Halloween Poll: 25
Ranks of funny (19 percent), scary or gory (17 percent), cute (15 percent) and sexy (14 percent) on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: Goodwill Industries International.
Percentage of younger millennials (ages 18 to 27) who are stressed about money matters, according to a Bankrate.com report: 36
Ranks of relationship issues with family, romantic partners and/or friends on their list of stresses: 2, 3, 4
Percentage of IT managers who said adequate technical skills are the most difficult thing to evaluate during a job interview, according to research from Robert Half Technology: 39
Ranks of corporate culture and soft skills on the list of the most difficult things to evaluate during a job interview: 2, 3
Source: Robert Half Technology.
Percentage of blue-collar workers who somewhat or strongly agree that "unions help the working man and woman," according to a study conducted by the Harris Poll and commissioned by Express Employment Professionals: 73
Percentage who are members of a labor union: 13
Percentage of blue-collar workers who are optimistic about the future, with more than one-third (34 percent) saying they are "very optimistic": 80
Percentage who also agree that "the harder you work, the more successful you will be": 80
Source: The Harris Poll.
Percentage of men and women who agree that washing their hands after using the toilet is important, according to an Ipsos poll: 98
Percentage of women who say that changing their undergarments every day is crucial behavior: 88
Percentage of men who say the same: 78
Number of times per week the average American will shower: 6.4
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Projected total spending for Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation: $9 billion
Number of Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities this year: 175 million
According to the survey, amount consumers plan to spend on costumes (purchased by 68 percent of Halloween shoppers): $3.2 billion
Percentage of pet lovers who will dress their animal in a pumpkin costume: 11
Percentage who will dress their cat or dog as a hot dog: 7
Percentage of adults who are planning a trip away from home this winter, according to a WalletHub survey: 64
Of those people who don't plan to travel this winter, percentage who say they don't feel like it: 24
Percentage who say they can't afford to travel or need to save money instead: 60
Percentage of HR professionals who say gig workers do a higher caliber of work on their projects than less specialized full-time employees, according to a Korn/Ferry survey: 48
Percentage who say hiring gig professionals actually saves them money: 46
Percentage who say these contingent employees are easier to manage than full-time employees: 42
Source: Korn/Ferry International.
Percentage of retailers who feel optimistic that they will outperform their 2017 holiday season sales this year, according to the 2018 Holiday Insights Guide by RetailMeNot: 60
Percentage who are feeling more pressure to compete with Amazon during the holiday season than at other times of the year: 86
Percentage of first responders who feel that there would be repercussions on the job for seeking professional counseling, according to a University of Phoenix survey: 47
Among those who feel this way, percentage who believed they would receive different treatment from co-workers: 53
Source: University of Phoenix.
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