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*From 1975 to 2000, the labor force participation rate of mothers with children under age 18 rose from 47% to a peak of 73%.

*If the number of Americans that “wanted jobs” was the same today as it was back in 2007, the “official” unemployment rate put out by the U.S. government would be up to 11%. Source

*According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, an average weekday for persons employed full time on days that they worked included 9.1 hours

*9 in 10 American workers are not expecting salary increases that match the rising costs of goods. June 2011 American Pulse™ Survey

*20% of the U.S. working adult population (26.2 million) in 2010 were tele-workers: 51% of the workers were age 35-54, 42% were age 18-34, 56% were men, 44% were college graduates. Source

*It is estimated that 83,000 jobs were lost due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Source

*Justin Bieber was discovered by music industry giants because of his "video resume" on YouTube.

*State with the highest annual median family income: New Hampshire $66,707. Lowest: Mississippi $37,985 Source: US Census

*30% of telecommuters say they work in the pajamas. Learn more

*The biggest work-at-home distractions: household chores, TV, pets, errands, internet, and children. Learn more

*Retail supports 1 in 4 American jobs.

*The White House's salary budget contracted slightly in 2011, from $38.8 million to $37.1 million for 454 employees. The average salary also dropped from $82,721 to $81,765, which is still 65% above the average household income. Source

*By the end of this decade, there will be a shortage of 1.5 million college graduates in high-paying, high-skill jobs.
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*The top personal attributes employers say would make them less likely to extend a promotion include:
 • Piercings – 37 percent
• Bad breath – 34 percent
• Visible tattoo – 31 percent
• Often has wrinkled clothes – 31 percent
• Messy hair – 29 percent
• Dresses too casually – 28 percent
• Too much perfume or cologne – 26 percent
• Too much makeup – 22 percent
• Messy office or cubicle – 19 percent
• Chewed fingernails – 10 percent
• Too suntanned – 4 percent

*BLS says that on the days that they worked, 24% of employed persons did some or all of their work at home.

*During the recession (from December 2007 through June 2009), the economy lost 7.7 million private-sector jobs

*56% of senior leaders and hiring manager of Fortune 500 companies believe virtual work will increase at their company. Source

Richest Countries GDP for country Poorest Countries GDP per capita
United States $14,660,000,000,000 Burundi $300
China $10,090,000,000,000 Congo $300
Japan $4,310,000,000,000 Liberia $500
India $4,060,000,000,000 Zimbabwe $500
Germany $2,940,000,000,000 Eritrea $600
Russia $2,223,000,000,000 Somalia $600
United Kingdom $2,173,000,000,000 Central African Republic $700
Brazil $2,172,000,000,000 Niger $700
France $2,145,000,000,000 Malawi $800
Italy $1,774,000,000,000 Afghanistan $900 Source

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