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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, September 30, 2007

Firing someone an experience 33% have had

Compiled by John MacIntyre

  • Percentage of Americans who have fired someone from a job, according to a survey by CBS for the game show "Power of Ten": 33

  • Percentage of Americans who have flown first class: 38

    Source: CBS Television Network

    POOR CREDIT HURTS

  • Percentage of Americans who know that it is legal for employers to refuse to hire job applicants with low credit scores, according to a survey released by Visa USA: 20

  • Percentage of Americans who mistakenly believe it is illegal for prospective employers to use credit scores as a hiring criteria: 52

    Source: Visa

    PAYING FOR COLLEGE

  • Percentage of parents who say that paying for their child's college education is at least somewhat important to them, according to a survey conducted for Futuretrust: 91

  • Percentage of parents who say they have actually saved as much for college as they had planned: 9

  • Percentage of parents who say that they are absolutely certain they will save enough for their child's college education in the next 10 years: 13

    Source: Futuretrust

    AMBITIONS

  • Percentage of U.S. workers who say they have the necessary education and training to get ahead in their current career, according to a 2006 study conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press: 57

  • Percentage of U.S. workers who say they have taken special courses or retraining to improve their job skills: 72

    Source: Pew Research Center for People and the Press

    THE BIGGIES

  • Ranks of Deloitte and Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, IBM, Google, Microsoft and Walt Disney in BusinessWeek's second annual ranking of the "Best Places to Launch a Career": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

  • Average first-year salaries in 2007 (before bonuses): $60,000 to $65,000

    Source: BusinessWeek

    COMPETITION HELPS

  • Percentage of advertising and marketing executives who said their staff members are competitive with each other, according to a survey developed by the Creative Group: 72

  • Percentage who said the level of competition in their firm/agency enhances productivity: 87

    Source: The Creative Group

    LOOSENING UP

  • Percentage of U.S. executives who say they prefer to wear either business casual or outright casual attire while at work, according to a survey conducted by www.TheLadders.com: 79.1

  • Percentage who said business casual is their standard office dress code: 62

  • Percentage of executives who say more and more companies are moving toward business casual: 42.2

  • Percentage of executives who say "business casual" is stretching to include even more casual attire such as jeans: 22.3

    Source: www.TheLadders.com

    HOME PRICE FORECAST

  • Percentage of Americans who say that they expect home prices in their area to either stay about the same in the next year or drop a little, according to a survey conducted by Reuters/ Zogby: 66.5

  • Percentage who say that they expect home prices to drop a little: 35.5

  • Percentage who say that they expect home prices to drop a lot: 8.5

  • Percentage who say that they expect home prices in their area to increase a lot: 4.2

    Source: Zogby International

    MORE TEMPS

  • Percentage of executives who said the use of temporary workers (at one time considered a stopgap measure) now has a place in their overall human resources budgets, according to a survey developed by OfficeTeam: 71

    Source: OfficeTeam

    MORE FLEXTIME

  • Percentage of working women with children under 18 who work flexible schedules, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: 26

  • Percentage of working women with children under 18 who worked flexible schedules in 1991: 14

    Source: Worth Collection

    IDLE THOUGHT

    "It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their time."

    Thomas Brackett Reed, politician