LABOR COSTS

Average hourly compensation costs (wages, benefits, payroll taxes) for manufacturing workers, out of 34 surveyed countries:

1. Norway $53.89

14. U.S.A. $33.53

34. Philippines $1.50

 

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics


 

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Share of small-business owners who say they would rather have more time than more money: 30%




Wakefield Research/Brother International


 

THE ECONOMY

Jobs
Job creation in the United States in 2010:

Most Jobs Added: Texas 235,700

Most Jobs Lost: New Jersey 17,000

Wages
Average pay for employees (salaried and hourly):

Highest Rate: Massachusetts $25.34/hour

Lowest Rate: South Dakota $16.02/hour

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12/09—12/10


 

MARKETING

Portion of consumers who have "unliked" a company on Facebook because of excessive postings: 63%

Share of consumers who have unsubscribed to a company's e-mail list because of excessive e-mail: 54%

ExactTarget


 

START-UPS

Amount of venture capitalist investments in 2010, nearly 20 percent more than in 2009: $21.8 Billion

National Venture Capital Association


 

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Share of small-business owners who consider the ability to respond quickly to customer service issues the biggest benefit of running a small business: 84%

 


Wakefield Research/Brother International