Economy quick facts

- During the most recent fiscal year, Americans voluntarily donated $3 million beyond their tax obligations to the United States government in an effort to reduce public debt.

- In a 2008 report from the United States Census Bureau, 13.2 percent of Americans lived in poverty. Ziebach County in South Dakota had the highest rate of poverty of any county in the United States.

- According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, 1 in 10 homeowners with mortgages were at least one payment behind in the third quarter of 2009.

- No state had a higher unemployment rate in October 2009 than Michigan.

- 58 private colleges and universities posted rates of tuition, room and board, and fees totaling $50,000 or more for the 2009-2010 school year.

- According to Gallup, Americans spend more money on Saturday than any other day of the week.

- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 39 percent of private-sector American workers do not receive paid sick leave.

- The unemployment rate in America reached 10.2 percent in October 2009, the first time the rate had reached 10 percent since 1983.

- No state had more trade-ins during the short-lived "Cash for Clunkers" program than California.

- For the 2009 fiscal year, the federal budget deficit of the United States was $1.4 trillion.

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