On PR Newswire: Vehicle Theft Hot Spots, American Workers Unengaged, College Tuition Costs
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
The Albuquerque, N.M. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2016 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report. Hot Spots examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs. MSAs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named. For example, this year’s number one spot, the Albuquerque, N.M. MSA, includes all thefts within the entire county of Bernalillo, not just the city of Albuquerque.
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled June’s list of the Best Cars to Buy Now. With new car sales on the decline, car shoppers can take advantage of significant incentive packages. However, cars with the biggest discounts may still not be worth the money. U.S. News Best Cars has identified eight cars, SUVs and trucks that not only offer hefty savings, but are also a pleasure to own.
With the cost of tuition on the rise, more people are taking out student loans to pay for their college. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans owe $1.34 trillion in student loan debt. But there is another way to finance higher education and that is to pay for it outright. Personal finance news and features website GOBankingRates recently conducted a study to uncover how much money parents in each state would need to make annually to live comfortably and pay for their child’s tuition at a four-year institution.
Today’s shoppers are yearning to be themselves in the sea of sameness that is traditional retail. A new study conducted by eBay found that 9 in 10 Americans (93%) want the things they buy to reflect the “real them,”1 and eBay is echoing this growing sentiment with the launch of “Fill Your Cart With Color.” The rallying cry, developed with eBay’s new global creative agency 72andSunny Los Angeles, reflects the essence of the eBay brand – celebrating individuality and self-expression – and highlights all the ways eBay enables anyone to shop vibrantly, break away from the “beige” conformity of traditional commerce, and live colorfully.
According to a new study released on June 6 by Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, only 13% of the U.S. workforce is passionate about their jobs, however, over two-thirds of that group are optimistic about the future of their companies. Conversely, 68% of the U.S. workforce remains not engaged, despite an expected investment by U.S. corporations of over $100 billion in training and $1 billion in employee engagement in 2017.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.