Fortune 500

In 2010, Walmart ranked #1 on the Fortune 500 list of American’s largest corporations with sales of $408 billion. Exxon slipped to #2 with sales of $284.6 billion. Other familiar names in the top ten include General Electric, AT&T, and Ford. Hewlett-Packard ranked tenth with sales of $114.5 billion. Question: Which of the following companies […]

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State Workers

In 1990, State workers (including Public Administration and the University of Wisconsin employees) accounted for 2.9 percent of total wage and salary employment in the state. Question: In 2010, what percentage of all wage and salary employment did State of Wisconsin employees comprise? A. 2.2 percent B. 3.0 percent C. 5.3 percent D. 8.1 percent

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The “Brain Drain”?

The U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS) provides an indicator of how well states retain college graduates. According to the 2009 ACS, 41.8 percent of the college graduates age 25 years and older live in the state where they were born. Similar data for Minnesota and Illinois reveals that 53 percent of the college graduates […]

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Job Security and a College Degree

Often, a college degree translates into more employment opportunities and higher salaries. It also usually provides greater job security. The relationship between education and job security has been painfully evident during the recent recession. In 2009, the official annual unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 8.5%. However, the unemployment rate for Wisconsin residents between 25 and […]

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