Quick Facts and Statistics for Background Screening

Quick Facts and Statistics for Background Screening



34 percent of all employment verifications performed reveal exaggeration or fraudulent information.

Eleven percent of all educational verifications performed contain falsifications.

42 percent of all driving records pulled contain infractions.

37.6 percent of surveyed college students admit to a history of criminal offenses.

According to surveys of human resource executives, more than half the resumes companies receive contain exagerated or fraudulent information and/or significant omissions.

34 percent of resumes and 73 percent of job applications contain falsified or embellished information.

6.9 million adults were on probation, in jail, or on parole at year-end 2011.
(Bureau of Justice statistics 2011)

About 2.9 percent of adults in U.S.(or 1 in every 34 adults) were under some form of correctional supervision.
(Bureau of Justice statistics 2011)

The U.S. Justice Department report claims reveal over 5 million people are victims of workplace violence each year.

Over 30 percent of all business failures are the result of negligent hiring.
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Embezzlement alone costs companies $4 billion a year.
(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Over 36% of organizations in the United States have reported incidents of workplace violence.
(SHRM Survey 2012)

As many as 30 percent of all offenders are ‘multi-state’ offenders; that is, they have both federal and state records or, arrests in more than one state.
(Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Most persons arrested for criminal offenses have prior arrest records, and many have arrest records in more than one state.
(Federal Bureau of Investigation)

60 percent of arrestees are found to be under the influence of drugs at the time of their arrest.
(ADAM Program, 2012)

One third of the workplace population is using alcohol or other drugs at the worksite. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Nearly 75 percent of all drug users are employed.
(National Institute on Drug Abuse: www.drugabuse.gov)

The positivity rate for illicit drugs increased by 5.7 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to 2011.
(Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index)

An estimated 8.8 percent, or 10.1 million, or full-time workers reported past month heavy alcohol use.
(SAMHSA Data Report 2007)

1 out of 5 (19 percent) full time employees aged 18-25 used illicit drugs in the past month.
(SAMHSA Data Report 2007)

21% of workers reporting being injured or put in danger, having to re-do work or to cover for a co-worker, or needing to work harder or longer due others’ drinking.
(NIDA, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse)