INfact

Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief [...]

March 4 2008 by Chief Executive


Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive’s INfact.

1. The increase in the frequency of Fortune 100 CEO departures in the five years following the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002 compared to the five years prior | +91.3%

2. The percentage of Fortune 1000 CEOs who stepped down in 2006 | 14

3. Percentage change in U.S. residential construction employment since March 2006, if undocumented immigrants are counted | -15

4. Percentage change if undocumented immigrants are excluded | -4

5. Average salary increase for workers in India‘s manufacturing and service sectors in 2006 | 13.8%

6. For U.S. workers in the same sectors | 3.6%

7. Average taxable income for the top fifth of American households in 2006 | $149,963

8. Average sum the top fifth of households spent on food, clothing, shelter, utilities, transportation, and health care | $69,863

9. Average taxable income for the bottom fifth of American households in 2006 | $9,974

10. Average sum the bottom fifth of households spent on the same consumption categories | $18,153

11. Number of work-hours it took a typical worker to buy a ticket for Super Bowl XLII (2008) | 46.8

12. Number of hours it took to buy a ticket for Super Bowl I in 1967 | 3.5

13. Number of work hours it took a typical worker to buy a personal computer when it was introduced in 1984 | 456

14. Number it takes today | 25

15. Number of Manhattan residents who received federal farm subsidies between 2003 and 2005 | 573

16. Number of iPhones Apple reported that it sold in 2007 | 3.7 million

17. Number of iPhones activated by AT&T, the only wireless service provider authorized to activate iPhones, in 2007 | 2 million

18. Number of manufacturing jobs lost since 2000 in the

24 states holding caucuses or primaries on February 5 | 1.6 million

19. Ratio of the total square footage of all the Wal-Marts in the world to that of the area of Manhattan | 9:7

20. Number of states that impose taxes on illegal drugs and controlled substances | 29

21. Of the six highest grossing movies of 2006, the number that were sequels | 5

22. Percentage of workplaces that have an explicit policy against romance between co-workers | 33

23. Feet on each side of the 3,145-mile U.S.-Canadian border that by law are supposed to be kept clear of brush for “security” reasons | 10

24. Number of miles of border that has not been maintained since 2000 | 1,839

25. Estimated value of sovereign investment funds from Abu Dhabi | $875 billion

26. Sum of all U.S. foreign aid and foreign direct investment in 2006 | $271 billion

27. Remittances sent by people working in the U.S. to their home countries in 2006 | $301 billion

28. Maximum number of “unsaved” players permitted per team in a Massachusetts evangelical softball league | 4

29.Worst states in which to do business, as ranked by a poll of 605 CEOs | California and New York

30. Best states | Texas and Nevada

31. Percentage change since 1999 in the number of Americans on Medicaid | +34

32. Portion of U.S. doctors who limit or no longer accept new Medicaid patients | 1/2

33. The percentage of job seekers who claim that they have ever rejected a job offer based on a company’s insufficient commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) | 7

34. Average per capita HR budget for companies with an employee count of 2,500 or more in 2006 | $508

35. For companies with fewer than 250 employees | $2,246

36. Change in price per ounce of gold from February 2007 to February 2008 | +$278

37. Change in commodity price of gold in 12 months | +40%

38. Change in commodity price of corn in 2007 | +122%

39. Average percentage decrease in a home’s value for each foreclosure that occurs within a radius of one-eight mile | 1

John Kador can be contacted at jkador@jkador.com


1 Executive Recruiter New; 2 Christian & Timbers; 3-4 Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. NY; 5-6 Hewitt Associates, Mercer Human Resources Consulting, The Conference Board; 7-10 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the bottom fifth accessed spending money that are not considered taxable income; 11-14 New York Times, Business Week, Federal Reserve Bank; 15 Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.; 16-17 Apple, AT&T; 18 Alliance for American Manufacturing; 19 Wal-Mart, U.S. Census Bureau; 20 New York Times; 21 USA Today; 22 Yahoo Hotjobs; 23-24 International Boundary Commission, Washington, D.C.; 25 Peterson Institute for International Economics; 26-27 American Development Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation; 28 The Evangelical Men’s Church Softball League, Swansea, Mass; 29-30 Chief Executive; 31-32 Centers for Studying Health System Change, Washington, D.C.; 33 Hudson; 34-35 HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2007, Bureau of National Affairs; 36-38 Bloomberg Financial Markets; 39 Georgia Institute of Technology, Prof. Dan Immergluck.