Harper’S Index – January 2014

Percentage change since 2007 in the number of cells in the New York City prison system devoted to solitary connement :+63 Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness :7/10 Estimated number of domestic workers employed in New York City homes :200,000 Cost of admission …

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Harper’s Index July 2013

Number of U.S. retail jobs Doritos Locos tacos created in the past year, according to Taco Bell : 15,000 Number of retail jobs created worldwide by Apple in that same period : 400 Portion of U.S. factory workers who have a college degree : 1/4 Portion of university teaching positions that are filled by graduate students or adjunct faculty : 3/4 Percentage of …

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Harpers Index June 2013

Percentage change in the past twenty-five years in the Consumer Price Index : +41In the price of beer : +40Of books : –1Number of students currently attending the thirteen Washington, D.C., public schools expected to close this year : 2,633Number of them who are white : 2Percentage increase in per-student spending at major public U.S. colleges since 2005 : 23In per-student spending on college athletes : 61Percentage of U.S. …

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Harper’s Index May 2013

Chance that a U.S. combat pilot suffers from a mental-health problem : 1 in 17 That a remote drone pilot does : 1 in 12 Estimated percentage change since 2007 in the number of U.S. veterans committing suicide each day : +22 Portion of all active-duty U.S. servicepeople who committed suicide in 2011 who had never been deployed : 1/2 Number of people …

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