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Posted Jan 27 2009 6:23pm

The number of children waiting to be adopted has decreased in the past few years. In 2002, there were 133,000 children. From 2003-2005, the number stayed constant at 130,000. In 2006, the number decreased to 129,000. (Source: Administration for Children and Families )

In 2006, 6.4% of people 16 years of age or older were unemployed. 5.7% of people aged 20-64 were unemployed. (Source: US Census Bureau )

In 2005, there were 2,230,000 marriages. 7.5 people got married for every 1,000 people in the population, and 3.6 people got divorced. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics )

About 3.8 percent of students in grades 10 to 12 dropped out during the 2004-2005 school year. In 1999, 87.6 percent of youth ages 18 to 24 had completed high school. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics )

Members of the House of Representatives and Senate have an annual salary of $169,300. The Speaker of the House earns $217,400 and the Majority and Minority leaders in the House and Senate earn $188,100. (Source: Office of Personnel Management )

Almost half the world's population, 2.1 billion people, live on less than $2 a day. Of these people, 880 million live on less than $1 a day. (Source: World Development Report 2008 )

In 2005, the number of live births to 15-19 year olds was 414,593. The birth rate for 15-19 year olds is 40.5 live births per 1,000 population. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics )

At approximately 42 percent, 13,978,118 of America's senior population are disabled. (Source: United States Census Bureau 2000 )

Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, “Pensylvania” above the signers’ names is probably the most glaring. (Source: Constitution Facts.com )
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