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Numbers: Aug. 27, 2007

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Average increase in number of job cuts between Labor Day and year’s end


U.S. unemployment rate in July, as measured by the Department of Labor



Increase in bedbug work performed by California’s Western Extermination Co. between 2000 and 2006. Single-family homes and schools are among those now reporting infestation


Average number of bedbug-related phone calls received each week by U.S. pest-control companies, according to the National Pest Management Association



Number of Americans who studied at foreign universities in 2006–an increase of 150% from 10 years ago


Number of students a U.S. college official must sign up for study abroad in order to receive a free trip from the American Institute of Foreign Study. Eager for the high fees paid by American students, foreign schools and study-abroad facilitators are dangling perks for administrators who deliver students


8 million years

Age of a stand of preserved cypress trees discovered in a Hungarian mine

200 ft.

Depth of the mine, which was once an open-air forest. The 19-ft.-tall trunks are the remains of trees that once stood 120 ft. tall. The wood is too brittle to move

Sources: Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.; Department of Labor; Los Angeles Times (2); New York Times; Institute of International Education; Reuters (2)

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