By The Numbers

Germany allocates more money to migrant crisis

Marketplace Staff Sep 7, 2015
6 billion euros

That’s how much German chancellor Angela Merkel says she plans to spend on refugees next year as nations in the European Union deal with an influx of immigrants. As Bloomberg reports, Merkel is quoted as saying, “We will work to make that one of the grand projects of the European Union in the years ahead.”

4 years

That’s how long a distillery may be waiting for a pay-off from a barrel of whiskey (depending on how long they choose to age it). With newer businesses just opening shop, that may be too long to wait to see profits. That’s why many distilleries in Nashville have adopted a business model that goes something like this: vodka today, whiskey tomorrow.

80 lifeguards

That’s how many lifeguards Steve Downey of the Atlantic City beach patrol says he lost in early August. That’s because many of his summer hires are teenagers who have to go back to school. With some schools pushing their start dates to before Labor Day, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to rationalize hiring teenagers for seasonal work

$500

That’s how much in ransom money was demanded by a malicious Android app called Adult Player from its users. Advertised as an app offering adult videos, Adult Player instead took photographs of users, and then replaced their screens with a message demanding the money. As the BBC reports, it’s the latest example of so-called “ransomware,” a trend in technology that has increased 127 percent since 2014.

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.