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2 million certificates and associate’s degrees were awarded in 2010-11

2 million certificates and associate’s degrees were awarded in 2010-11

Focusing on the degrees awarded by four-year colleges misses much of what postsecondary institutions offer today.

Source: 2014, Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends
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Only 1% of students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2004 had accumulated up to $50,000 in debt

By 2008, the number rose to 3 percent; by 2012, it was up to 10 percent.

Source: 2015, Student Debt: Who Borrows Most? What Lies Ahead?
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5: The number of states with no minimum wage requirement 

5: The number of states with no minimum wage requirement

Of the 74 million employees paid an hourly wage in 2011, 3.8 million, or 5.2 percent, were paid the federal minimum or less.

Source: 2014, A Comparison of State Minimum Wages
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Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at
$290 million in 2007

Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at $290 million in 2007

In 2007, Atlanta’s underground sex economy was nearly 2.5 times bigger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons.

Source: 2014, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities
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ARMs accounted for as much as 29% of new originations during the peak of the housing bubble

ARMs accounted for as much as 29% of new originations during the peak of the housing bubble

Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) fell to a historic low of 1 percent in 2009, and now consist of 6 percent of total originations.

Source: 2014, Housing Finance At A Glance: A Monthly Chartbook
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As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012 

As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012

The drop can be attributed to low credit availability. Black and Hispanic borrowers have been disproportionately affected.

Source: 2014, Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume
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