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Facts And Statistics Don’t Lie

Please consider the following statistical while implementing your own employment screening program:

More than 39 million Americans, or about 14 percent of the population, changed addresses during 2005-2006.

On average, today's consumer has a total of 13 credit obligations on record at a credit bureau.  These include credit cards (such as department store charge cards, gas cards, or bank cards) and installment loans (auto loans, mortgage loans, student loans, etc.) Of these 13 credit obligations, 9 are likely to be credit cards and 4 are likely to be installment loans.

Estimated resident unauthorized immigrant population on January 1, 2006 was 11,550,000 million.

Compares employee information against more than 425 million records in the SSA database and more than 60 million records stored in the DHS database.  Currently, 93 percent of an employer’s queries are instantly verified as work authorized.

In 2006, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes, and 13,543 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.

It is necessary for a motor carrier to generate an additional $1,250,000 revenue to pay the cost of a $25,000 accident, assuming an average profit of 2%.  The amount of revenue required to pay for losses will vary with the profit margin.  

If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime.

Each day approximately 7, 000 new individual records are added to the CJIS files.

Everyone is on the move: On any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States.  Only one-third are commercial carriers, like American, United or Southwest.  On an average day, air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights (major and regional airlines), 27,178 general aviation flights (private planes), 24,548 air taxi flights (planes for hire), 5,260 military flights and 2,148 air cargo flights (Federal Express, UPS, etc.).  At any given moment, roughly 5,000 planes are in the skies above the United States.

In 2005, there were 389,380 establishments with at least one incident of workplace violence.  Only 8.5 percent of all establishments had no workplace violence prevention program or policy.

 

 

Terrorism figures: There have been 25223 incidents, 88478 injuries and 44657 fatalities due to terrorism this decade.

On January 6, 2006, the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) established a new one-day processing record.  On that day, NCIC processed 5,623,838 National Wants and Warrants transactions.

The actual number of offenders that are publicly viewable in the official state registries is 485,670.

Over 16.6 million civil cases entered the state court system in 2005.  This was by no means a record and in fact represented nearly 500,000 fewer incoming cases than in 2003 and the second consecutive year of decline.  Adjusting for population, the resulting aggregate rate of just over 5,500 cases for every 100,000 residents of the United States is virtually identical to the rate in 1996.

The OIG made 71 referrals for consideration of suspension/debarment to the GSA Office of Acquisition Policy from March 2008 to September 2008.  GSA issued 47 suspension and debarment actions based on current and previous OIG referrals.

Employers averaged $2.23 or 7.9 percent of total compensation for legally required benefits for every hour worked in December 2007.  Legally required benefits -- which include Social Security, Medicare, federal and state unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation -- is only one of several benefit categories included in Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, along with wages and salaries.

According to the 2007 ADP Annual Screening Index, 41 percent of employment, education and/or credential reference checks revealed a difference of information between what the applicant provided and what the source reported.  

United States General Accounting Office reported in 2004 that 463 federal government employees had degrees from diploma mills and other unaccredited schools.

Nearly 40 percent of HR professionals report that over the last three years they have increased the amount of time spent on reference checking for potential employees, according to the 2005 Reference Checking Survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

According to the 2006 report from the Bureau of Labor statistics, over 70 percent of United States workplaces did not have a formal program or policy that addressed workplace violence.

The FBI maintains the largest biometric database in the world, containing the fingerprints and corresponding criminal history information for more than 55 million subjects in the Criminal Master File.

According to the 2005 United Nations’ Trends Report, there were an estimated 191 million migrants worldwide in 2005, up from 176 million in 2000.  

Global mobility has made international background screening a necessity.  The U.S. Department of State reported there were a total of 6,444,285 Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas Issued at Foreign Service Posts in 2007.

The 2007 European Crime and Safety Survey was the most comprehensive analysis of crime, security and safety ever conducted in the European Union.  The survey revealed that the worst crime hotspots in the EU were Ireland, the UK, Estonia, the Netherlands and Denmark.

NAPBS industry statistics indicate at least 1 in 4 international credentials are fraudulent.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road crashes each year and as many as 50 million are injured.  Projections indicate that these figures will increase by about 65% over the next 20 years unless there is new commitment to prevention.

Increasing credit card debt is by no means limited to the United States.  Australians' outstanding credit card debt rose to $41 billion in October 2007, and a survey of Australians found 54 percent of the respondents used their plastic to pay for necessities between paychecks.  Canadians are even more crushed by credit card debt.  A recent survey found that 25 percent of the respondents had credit card debt between $10,000 and $40,000, and many of the respondents not only had no savings, but no budget set up for their income.

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