Numbers: Aug. 27, 2007

WORKPLACE

32%

Average increase in number of job cuts between Labor Day and year's end

4.6%

U.S. unemployment rate in July, as measured by the Department of Labor

PLAGUES

240%

Increase in bedbug work performed by California's Western Extermination Co. between 2000 and 2006. Single-family homes and schools are among those now reporting infestation

50

Average number of bedbug-related phone calls received each week by U.S. pest-control companies, according to the National Pest Management Association

EDUCATION

205,983

Number of Americans who studied at foreign universities in 2006--an increase of 150% from 10 years ago

15

Number of students a U.S. college...

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