TENSIONS RISING: Next to fears of terrorism, the biggest worries people have involve work and money, a new survey finds
The survey, for McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, polled 1,805 Americans about what makes them feel stressed out. Terrorism aside, 58 percent said their fears about money -- making enough and saving enough -- caused them stress.
Of that 58 percent, 82 percent said they were concerned about not saving enough money for emergencies or major purchases like a car or a house. Sixty-four percent were concerned that they'd never have enough money to pay for the things they want, whether it's a new washer and dryer or a college education for their children. Just 34 percent said they were feeling more stress because of the stock market's recent decline.
And the pressures of work are also being felt, the poll says. More than half, or 54 percent, said they had to work through lunch breaks at least once a week, if not more. Another 53 percent said they spend time working at home on job-related assignments at least once a month and 45 percent said they've missed their children's school events because of work.
WORK FORCE WOMEN: The women of Generation X, those between the ages of 25 and 34, have narrowed the wage gap with men, compared to women in the late 1970s and early '80s.
The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2000, women between 25 and 34 earned, on average, 82 percent of what men the same age earned. That's up from the 68 percent reported in 1979.
Based on weekly earnings, Labor Department economists Marisa DiNatale and Stephanie Boraas found that women in 1979 made an average of $440 a week, while men made $653. In 2000, the pay for women rose to $493, but the pay for men fell to $603 a week.
At the same time, the number of women in the work force rose, too, climbing from 44 percent in 1983 to 46 percent in 2000. The number of men, however, declined, falling from 56 percent in 1983 to 54 percent in 2000.
The biggest gains, however, for women, were the percentage of them in executive, administrative and managerial positions. In 1983, just 38 percent of those positions were held by women, compared to 62 percent for men. In 2000, 51 percent were taken by women, while 49 percent were taken by men.
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