USA Today Life Snapshots

If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
-- Bob Dylan


:How Much Of Our work day goes to pay taxes.:

Conn, NY. 		 3:09	
DC, NJ.			 3:01
Alaska			 2:17
Missisippi		 2:21

Source: Tax Foundation
Working for the taxman
So just how much of our average eight-hour work 
day is spent earning money that goes to pay
federal, state and local taxes? It may come as 
no surprise that nationwide, the average is
2 hours and 46 minutes - more than halfway 
to the lunch hour. Where do people 
work longest for taxes?
Connecticut and New York: 3 hours, 9 minutes
And the least?
Alaska: 2 hours, 17 minutes

Retirement Spendings - 1/13/98:
Percent of people who plan to spend
more on these activities after they retire. 
Source: KRC Research for U.S. News/Bozell

How Senior view life 65+ 
Senior view life Less stress and more free time are the top 2 reasons Americans 65 and older say they're enjoying life more.

Sixty years of taxes
Source: Tax Foundation
The amount the U.S. government collects in taxes per every dollar of income has more than tripled in the last 60 years.

Senior workers
Age discrimination complaints filed with the
federal government peaked in 1993, 
but have fallen since then.

UPDATED - 2003
Age Bias Complaints Up 40 Percent Since 1999.

New figures from the federal government show age 
discrimination complaints have jumped 40 percent
in the past four years, from 14,000 in 1999 to 
more than 20,000 in 2002.

"The trend is consistent, cumulative and 
distriburing." said David Grinberg, spokesman 
for the Equal Employment Opportunity 

He says the increased in age discimination
complaints is linked to a confluence of factors 
including more older people staying on the job 
longer and the economic downturn that has led 
to worker layoffs.  But the third factor at work, 
Grinberg says, is simply "blatant 
discrimination based on age."

Source: AARP Bulletin February 2003

Age Group of Top Executives:
39-Under		14%
40-49			29%
50-59			30%
60s Plus		27%	

Source: Dun & Bradstreet
Middle age at the top
The pecentages of top executives 
(CEOs, partners, owners, presidents, chairman) 
in these age groups

Untapped resource
Though 40% of benefits managers 
say their companies offer 410(k)
retirement accounts, few employees
actually use them. 

Leaving the nest
Adult sons are about 2.5 times more 
likely to live with their parents
than are adult daughters. 

U2   			$138.5 Millions.
Rolling Stones		$89.4   Millions.
Michael Jackson		$83.5   Millions.

Source: Amusement Business

Music appeal
Higher ticket prices raised 1997's worldwide gross by 20% 
over 1996 to more than $1 billion.

A universal language Source: International Federation of Phonographic Industry World sales of recorded music totaled nearly $40 billion in 1996. Americans ranked sixth in pre capita spending.

Young country Source: Interep research
25-54 65% Under 25 18% 55 and over 14% Country radio stations have 40.6 million listeners each week, and their audiences seem to be getting younger.

Types of tunes in the Air Source: Interep Research
# Of Stations: Country 2613 Adult Contemporary 1052 New/Talk 1036 Oldies 710 Other favorites are adult standard with 470 stations and Spanish with 427 stations.

Solid Gold King
Source: Recording Industry Assoc.
of America 
Solid gold King Elvis Presley has more 
gold albums (at least 500,000 sold) than
any other recording artist.

Source:Anne R. Carey and Elys A. McLean,

Princess Power: Bing Crossby - White Christmas 30 million Elton John - Candle in the Wind 26 million * If all copies are sold. Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' tribute to Princess Diana may become the world's top-selling single. Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock 25 million

Mozart has their ear
Source: Interep Research
Forty-five commercial radio stations
broadcast classical music and
about 10 million adults listen.

Population slowdown
After peaking at over 4 million in 1990,
the number of births in the USA has
declined every year this decade


Most populous nations
Within 50 years, India is expected to 
surpass China as the country with the   
most people. 

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