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18% of LGBTQ youth engaged in survival sex dislike “everything” about trading sex

For many respondents, trading sex seemed like the most effective way to meet their basic needs, like food and shelter.

Source: 2015, Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex
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About 30% of young people ages 16–18 who left school without a high school diploma are working

They are disproportionately male, Hispanic, and not living with a parent. Most left school before high school or in 12th grade.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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About 77 million Americans have a report of debt in collections

More than a third of adults with a credit file have a debt in collections and owe, on average, $5,178.

Source: 2014, Delinquent Debt in America
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Housing voucher recipients with cars were 2x more likely to find a job

Housing voucher recipients with cars were 2 times more likely to find a job

They also tended to live in neighborhoods with lower poverty rates, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks.

Source: 2014, Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients
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2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

But jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow faster than overall job growth over the next 10 years.

Source: 2012, Labor Market and Demographic Analysis: A National Picture of Short-term Employment Growth by Skill
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In 2015, the average income tax refund was $2,711

Average tax refund in 2015

Of the 126 million tax returns the IRS processed through April 17, 2015, almost three-quarters resulted in a refund.

Source: 2015, Most People Receive Refunds at Tax Time
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