January 30, 2014 |
Los Angeles tech professionals fared well last year, on average earning a 4% pay raise that boosted salaries to $95,815. That outpaced the U.S. average, according to a survey by Dice, a career website for technology and engineering professionals. Nationally, salaries for technology professionals rose 3% year over year to $87,811. The survey also found that 36% of L.A.-based tech pros got an average annual bonus of $8,165. That was lower than the U.S. figure: Nationally, 34% of tech professionals received a bonus totaling $9,323 on average.
January 29, 2014 |
On the field, the Seahawks are known for causing turnovers, but off the field, the teams' fans are the ones who are fumbling their devices. Smartphone users who are rooting for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII are 46% clumsier than users who are rooting for the Broncos, according to a survey conducted this month by SquareTrade , a San Francisco company that sells device insurance. According to the survey, nearly 25% of fans rooting for the Seahawks have had a cellphone accident within the last 12 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is more popular than he has been among California voters than at any time since retaking the governor's office in 2011, a new survey has found. The Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Brown's approval on the rise, even as state voters appear to be souring on President Barack Obama. The survey found 60% of the state's likely voters give Brown positive marks more than three years into his third term as governor. Brown has not yet said whether he will seek an unprecedented fourth term later this year, but he is widely expected to run. Brown holds large leads over one of his announced Republican candidates for the job. In a head-to-head match-up, he holds a 53-17% lead over Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.
January 28, 2014 |
Call it the John-Boy Effect: The millennial generation is the most financially conservative since the Great Depression, according to a new study. The trauma of the global financial crisis in 2008 and the dot-com meltdown eight years earlier have turned millennials into hard-core savers who are reluctant to take big financial risks, according to UBS Wealth Management Americas. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of mortgages More than one-third of people aged 21 to 36 say they're financially conservative, and their actions speak even louder than their words, according to the survey . The average millennial has 52% of his or her portfolio in cash, more than twice the 23% of other investors.
January 28, 2014 |
Attention single guys: do not buy that mail truck. Aside from wonky steering wheel placement and the mistrust of dogs everywhere, no vehicle on the road today is less likely to be driven by an attractive man than a mail truck, according to a recent survey by Insure.com. The online survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older, and asked them the reality show-caliber question: What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Economists working for U.S. businesses are more optimistic about growth this year and see little effect from the start of healthcare reform or the reduction in a key Federal Reserve stimulus program, according to survey results released Monday. More than 40% of respondents in the January survey by the National Assn. for Business Economics said they expected their firms to raise prices in the first three months of the year, the largest percentage since 2012. But despite the brighter outlook, the pace of hiring is not expected to increase, the survey said.