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By The Numbers

Starbucks: help wanted

Marketplace Staff Jul 13, 2015
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$94.7 billion

That’s how much Greece’s proposed third bailout could be worth, as announced on Monday. Following intense negotiations by leaders in the eurozone, an agreement was reached that would keep Greece from a feared “Grexit.” Finances from this latest deal would be spread over the next three years. As the BBC reports, Greece now has until Wednesday to pass required reforms before being able to access the funding.

$120,000

That’s how much grant money has been given to Dan Burgard of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, to study … sewage. Think of it like an anonymous, communitywide drug test. Burgard will analyze the contents of the waste to monitor drug usage in the state, which he can then compare to figures for the sales of legal marijuana. If usage stays the same as it was before marijuana was legalized, a conclusion can be reached that legal pot is beginning to replace illegal sales. 

$99

That’s how much an Amazon Prime membership will cost you these days. But for its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, Amazon is hoping to convince people the price is worth it by offering a one-day super sale for members. Says Christo Wilson, a computer science professor at Northeastern University, “It’s certainly become the greatest loyalty program in the history of consumer spending.”

100,000

That’s how many unemployed young people Starbucks and 16 other major corporations promise to employ through a new program announced Monday. Called the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the initiative will seek to find positions — full-time or internships — for young people who are not working or in school. Critics have pointed out the number of jobs promised by the program is less impressive when considering the economy has turned out more than twice that amount each month this year, the New York Times reports.

$124 billion

That’s the estimated cost to consumers caused by traffic jams in 2013. And if you happen to be reading this on your phone while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, there’s bad news: a new report says those costs are expected to increase 50 percent by 2030.

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