Back to School By-the-Numbers
We do the math on the cost of going back to school.
1%-How much retail sales are expected to grow during the 2009 back-to-school season
$3.7 billion-How much parents will spend on new school shoes
$594.24- The average amount spent on back-to-school stuff for each child
3,800,000,000- The number of wooden pencils sold per year
$11.60 per hour- How much the lunch lady takes home (plus Sloppy Joes)
25%- Percentage of college students majoring in business, despite it all
$50,758- The average teacher's salary in the U.S.
15- The number of states offering back-to-school sales tax holidays