Numbers: May 5, 2003

85% Percentage of middle-aged white-collar workers who say that after losing their job, they had to switch industries to land a new one

52% Percentage who had to take a lower salary

$6.5-$10 billion Estimated amount the U.S. Treasury loses each year to workers who wrongly claim the earned-income tax credit. Treasury wants to toughen eligibility requirements

$46 billion Estimated amount lost in 2002 to businesses that evaded or avoided taxes

60% Increase in motorcycle-accident death rates since 1997

20 Number of states that require all riders to wear helmets, down from 47 in 1975


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