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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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On average, US drivers take 2 trips per day, covering an average total distance of 29.2 miles

An average of 29.2 miles driven daily would equate to 10,658 miles driven over a one-year period.

Source: 2015, American Driving Survey: Methodology and Year One Results, May 2013–May 2014
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A combination of policies would reduce New York City’s poverty rate by nearly 69%

Promising policies include transitional jobs, earnings supplements, a higher minimum wage, increased SNAP benefits, and more.

Source: 2015, How Much Could Policy Changes Reduce Poverty in New York City?
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Men born from 1940-44 reached the peak college–high school earnings gap— $31,000— at age 50

Men born from 1940-44 reached the peak college–high school earnings gap— $31,000— at age 50

But the trajectory of the earnings gap is shifting. For those born between 1970 and 1974,  it was that high at age 32.

Source: 2014, Educational Attainment and Earnings Inequality among US-Born Men: A Lifetime Perspective
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Governments paid $137 billion to nonprofit organizations for services in 2012

Governments paid $137 billion to nonprofit organizations for services in 2012

In the United States, governments partner with nonprofits to provide needed services in communities across the country.

Source: 2013, Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings from the 2013 National Survey
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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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