Talking Points: Wealth, Robocalls, Workforce

Wealth, Robocalls, Workforce

U.S. household wealth topped $100 trillion for the first time ever. Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2018

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

The number of robocalls reached a record in April, with 3.36 billion calls placed, a 6.5% increase from March and the highest robocall rate to date. That amounts to 1,297 calls placed each second or 112 million calls a day. BizJournals, May 8, 2018

The state of Oregon now has a glut of 1 million pounds of marijuana- or a quarter pound for each man, woman, and child in that state. The Week, June 15, 2018

According to a 2017 study by Rand Corp., 39% of workers over 65 who had retired changed their mind and returned to the workforce. While some of these workers certainly needed additional income, the Rand authors suggest that many are working because they want to. Rand Corporation, March 6, 2018

It is estimated that one in five Americans over the age of 65 are victims of financial abuse- and the average loss is a staggering $120,300. Nearly half of older Americans surveyed reported they know someone who has been a victim of a scam. Time, May 9, 2018

On June 19th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger’s troops brought news to Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War was over and that slavery was abolished. The announcement came more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Juneteenth.com

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