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  • Election Stats: Obama Winning With Women

    PayScale surveyed our users to find out which candidate appeals most to each gender. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama was popular among women, receiving 56 percent of their votes, according to exit poll data. Does he carry the support of women voters today? It's the battle of the sexes, election-style. 

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  • Election Stats: Voters by Industry [infographic]

    Joe the Plumber was a fixture in the 2008 election, but how will he -- and other workers in the construction industry -- vote this year? PayScale surveyed our users to find out which industries are leaning left and which are leaning right. 

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  • The Wage Gap: Binders Full of Data

    One of the hottest topics to come out of last night’s second presidential debate is equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace, especially the gap in pay between male and female workers. We at PayScale are always glad to hear people discussing the wages, so we consulted our binders… ah-hem, servers full of data and came up with the following perspective.

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  • Election Stats: Nurses and Doctors Pick the President

    When it comes time to vote in November, will doctors and nurses choose to re-elect President Obama, or will they throw their support to Romney instead?

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  • Election Stats: Jobs Skills Compared -- Obama Voters vs. Romney Voters [infographic]

    What are the most common job skills among Obama and Romney supporters? PayScale surveyed its users and found that Obama voters are more likely to be sticklers for grammar, while Romney voters would be the ones who could fix broken equipment. 

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  • Conversations with PayScale: Public Relations Specialist

    With the election just 22 days away, we at PayScale find ourselves discussing the jobs available in the political arena. What is it like to be a speech writer? What does a lobbyist do all day? And is there a job where we can just hang out at the White House, quoting The West Wing at anyone who will listen? No? Fine. Maybe we'll just walk around and see if there's a pick-up meeting we can get in on instead.
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  • Does Physical Fitness Lead to Career Success?

    Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan made headlines after he claimed to have run a marathon in "under three [hours], high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something". Runner's World discovered his actual marathon time was 4:01:25. Now, most runners will tell you it is highly unlikely a marathoner would forget his or her PR, especially by that much. So why would Ryan guess low? Does our culture value fitness to the point of believing an athlete is more qualified for an office like the vice presidency? Or could it be that phsyical fitness makes one more successful overall?

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  • Big Business, Gay Rights, and Rainbow Cookies

    This election season, there are few topics as controversial as gay marriage. President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality, and four states (Maine, Washington State, Minnesota, and Maryland) will put civil rights for gay couples on the ballot this November. It's no surprise Americans are talking about this hot topic, but now big business has joined in the conversation. 

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  • Coursera Creates a Successful Global Higher Education Community

    Back in June, we introduced you to Coursera.org. The free online educational site seems unstoppable as it takes the world of learning by storm with its “Education for Everyone” motto. Third-generation Ph.D. and Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller, recently gave a thought-provoking TED talk titled, “What We’re Learning from Online Education.” TED, a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” posts inspiring talks given by great thinkers and entrepreneurs, starting a global conversation, available to the world for free.

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  • Help PayScale Spend $10,000

    What would you do if someone handed you $10,000 to donate to charity? What organizations are you most passionate about?

    These are the questions we at PayScale are asking ourselves as we continue to vie for the opportunity to win $10k in the American City Business Journals' Social Madness competition. Your votes helped us move forward this far in the contest, representing Seattle in the national competition, and now we're much closer to donating $10k to charity. Can you help us win and pick where the money will go?

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  • The Cost of Watching the Olympics at Work: $650 Million

    The 2012 London Olympics have just gotten underway, but business owners are likely already feeling a productivity lull. Captivate Network estimates that the time employees waste by watching the Olympics at work could cost U.S. businesses $650 million. That blows the reported $175 million productivity loss due to March Madness out of the water.

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  • Will the 2012 London Olympics Make Remote Working Mainstream?

    As the 2012 London Olympics kick off, we at PayScale are monitoring a storyline that has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with remote working. London businesses in nearly every sector are encouraging employees to work from home as much as possible during the two weeks of the Olympics to cut down on traffic. Will this citywide experiment finally make telecommuting mainstream?

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  • PayScale Vying to Represent Seattle in National Social Media Competition

    PayScale has been duking it out in the American City Business Journals' Social Madness competition, and there are only a few more days of voting before they tally everything up and announce the winners for the Seattle round on July 17. There are a few different ways you can vote for PayScale -- vote for us on the Social Madness site under "medium companies"; like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter; or follow us on LinkedIn. You can do any or all of these. We'd sure appreciate the support.

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  • It's Payday! Celebrate with a Paycheck Check-Up

    What could be more fun? It's Friday and payday - and the sun in shining in lots of places across the country. Are you ready to head out and goof around? That's great. Before you go, though, take a look at your paycheck and make sure that you like what you see.

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  • A Yahoo Employee Answers the Question: Why Does Anyone Still Work at Yahoo?

    It's been kind of a rough couple of weeks, news-wise, for Yahoo. Back in April, the technology company laid off 2000 employees. Just this week, CEO Scott Thompson resigned amid allegations that he lied on his resume. Why would anyone still want to work there?

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  • Do Men Really Earn More Than Women?

    Eighty cents on the dollar - that is the gender pay gap figure often quoted these days. It seems incredible that, in our modern world, such inequity in pay for male and female workers can exist. PayScale wanted to find out more about this figure and what we discovered is that "80 cents on the dollar" isn't accurate in most cases.

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  • Go Geeks! PayScale at the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards

    We're not proud of it. Well, okay, maybe we are a little. Many of PayScale's employees are pretty geeky. We get excited about complicated board games and tech gadgets and send out emails with titles like, "Hot Prop to Test Cluster - Please Review." Say what?

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  • May Day: Occupy Wall Street Protestors Plan 'A Day Without the 99 Percent' [infographic]

    Neither rainy weather, nor week-day morning malaise, nor taunts from passersby could dampen the spirits of Occupy Wall Street protestors, who declared this May Day a day of protest. Participants in 125 cities across the country met in streets, parks, and other public spaces to encourage people not to shop, work, or bank on May 1.

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  • Michelle Obama and Stephen Colbert Celebrate the First Anniversary of Joining Forces

    Earlier this week, Michelle Obama appeared on "The Colbert Report" to celebrate the first anniversary of Joining Forces, a program that helps veterans find jobs. Stephen Colbert marked the occasion by training a veteran to be his replacement. (Sort of.)

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  • How Do the Real Housewives' Pay Raises Stack up?

    "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" are getting a raise -- or at least, some of them are. Although Camille Grammar won't be returning to the series for season three, Kim Richards and Taylor Armstrong are sticking around, and getting a bit of extra cash for their trouble. How much cash, or should we say, how little, might surprise you.

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