The bottom line
▪ Twenty-nine percent of American workers say they’ve been less productive since the election, according to a survey by software firm BetterWorks. Almost a third of respondents said their colleagues spend more time talking about politics than about work; nearly half have seen a political conversation turn into an argument.
▪ A black job candidate is nearly 50 percent more likely to get hired by a tech firm in San Francisco or New York than the average white candidate, according to online job marketplace Hired. But black tech workers are typically paid $10,000 less a year than their white counterparts.
▪ Lawyers and bankers earned $1.5 billion in fees working on the Aetna- Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers, both of which were blocked by the courts.
▪ The average American is expected to eat 91.7 pounds of chicken this year, 9 percent more than in 2010. U.S. consumers spend more than $90 billion a year on chicken—more than on any other meat.
▪ Only 174 oil and gas fields were discovered worldwide in 2016, the lowest number in 60 years, as energy companies curbed exploration and large oil fields have become harder to find. The industry averaged roughly 400 to 500 new discoveries a year until 2013.