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August/September 2019

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August/September 2019 7 Sources: Washington Post; UN Office for Outer Space Affairs; Money Inc; US News and World Report; Natl. Retail Federation; CNBC; Forbes. WHAT COUNTS 4,900 active and non-working satellites now circle the Earth. 45K is the distance in miles the hunk of rock named Asteroid 2019 OK passed by the Earth on July 25th. (That's less than 1/5 of the distance to the moon!) 81 cents on the dollar is the median weekly earnings in 2018 for women compared to men in the US. That's $779 vs $962. $81 Billion is projected to be spent in back-to-school shopping this year. 69% of high school graduates in 2018 enrolled in college. 41% of college students earn a degree in four years. 45% of college students leave with no degree. $1.56 Trillion is collectively owed by 44 million Americans with student loan debt. 49,669 student loan forgiveness applications were submitted as of Sept. 30, 2018. 206 borrowers have been approved for public service forgiveness. 95.5% have been rejected. $111 Billion is the amount owed by Californians, who lead the nation in student loan debt. With the last of the warm Summer nights upon us, let's gaze at the star-filled skies…. Or are those really satellites floating around up there? A record number of women are studying STEM- related fields, but will they be making the same as their male colleagues when they graduate? It's generally believed education is a key component in earning potential. Let's consider the stats below:

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