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The Week at Work, By the Numbers

This week, while you were busy trying to get back into Barbara Walters’ good graces, closing down the business no one knew still existed, and proving that just because you’re royalty doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate public transportation …here’s what was happening in the world of work, talent management and recruitment – by the numbers:

237,000: Number of job openings manufacturing industry employers are struggling to fill right now – a situation that’s projected to get worse as the majority of workers who hold those jobs get ready to retire. [Fortune]

45,730: Number of layoffs employers announced last month, up from 40,289 in September, an increase of 13.5 percent, according to a new report. [Reuters]

110: Percentage of men’s median weekly earnings women made in 2012, among workers who usually work part time (under 35 hours per), which is a reversal of the typical gender pay gap. These findings, however, only tell a fraction of the story. [New York Times]

64-32: The vote by which U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA,  which prohibits employers from firing, demoting or refusing to hire workers because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [Bloomberg]

Fifth: Place the United States falls in the World Economic Forum’s most recent competitiveness ranking – a boost from its seventh place ranking last year. [MSN Money]

25: Percentage by which senior Americans aged 65 and older in the workforce increased in 2013. [Miami Herald]

90: percentage of CEOs in the United States who are white, according to a new BLS report that looks at the wage and education disparity among different racial groups in America. [The Atlantic]

9%: Reported increase in supply chain fraud since 2012, according to the 2013 Kroll Global Fraud Report. [CFO]

More: Men who are embracing the ideas and philosophies put forth in Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. [New York Times]

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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