Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to School by the Numbers

August marks the near-end of summer and beginning of the academic year for many students. From back-to-school shopping to the cost of college, here are a few statistics on this annual event:

$7.7 billion
U.S. sales at family clothing stores in August 2011

Kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment of Oregon's youth in 2010

Payroll employment of all teachers in Oregon in 2010

Median annual wage of Oregon teachers in 2010

Number of private elementary and secondary schools in Oregon in 2011

Average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and other personal expenses for an in-state resident to attend an Oregon community college full time in Fall 2011

Looking for more fun facts? We publish them for various events and holidays throughout the year in Oregon Labor Trends! You can find the latest edition (and past issues) on the Oregon Trends page at

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