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Loose change

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000


R-E-S-P-E-C-T? If doctors, scientists and teachers are at the high end of the respect scale, accountants, bankers and union leaders are not, says a Harris Poll ranking of "prestigious" occupations. Teachers, military officers and, remarkably, members of Congress are making gains, while lawyers are losing ground.

WHERE THE MONEY IS: In Florida, the total deposits of banks and thrifts topped $200-billion last year. That's almost as many deposits as in Texas, twice North Carolina's and nearly four times the deposits in Alabama.

NOT SO BIG APPLE: Faced with rising labor and rent expenses, high-end restaurateurs in Manhattan are finding that one way to increase profits is to shrink portion sizes. That way, diners order more side dishes.

KID DOUGH: Where do kids get their money? Nearly 40 percent of income for children younger than 13 derive from allowances. By age 16, 75 percent of income is from paid jobs, says a Nickelodeon Online/Harris survey.

PASS THE PLASTIC: In 1998, 73 percent of American families had at least one credit card, up from 51 percent in 1970, research by the Federal Reserve shows.

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