Figuratively Speaking for January 13, 2017

Percentage of CFOs who said lacking attention to detail or sloppy work is the co-worker behavior that annoys them most, according to an Accountemps survey: 35

Percentage who cited gossiping or engaging in office politics: 28

Ranks of missing deadlines, being perpetually late and presenting other's ideas as one's own on the list: 3, 4, 5

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of Americans who consume more fresh products than they did three years ago, according to a survey for Bizerba/Invatron: 48

Ranks of supermarkets (63 percent), natural and organic grocery stores (14 percent), wholesale clubs (9 percent) and discount stores (8 percent) on the list of preferred shopping venues: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of Americans who use Amazon and other online retailers for their groceries: 5

Source: Bizerba/Invatron.

Year that the very first immigrant, a 15-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore, was processed at the new facility on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1892

Over the course of more than 60 years, estimated number of people who flowed through the center: 12 million

In 1910, percentage of America's population that was foreign-born: 15

Today, percentage of America's population that is foreign-born: 12.9

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of the current workforce that is made up of millennials, according to Pew research: 38

In 10 years, projected percentage of America's labor pool that will be made up of millennials: 75

Percentage of millennials who are engaged in their jobs: 29

Percentage higher productivity that is enjoyed by companies with business units in the top quartile of employee engagement: 17

Source: Engaging Millennials.

Percentage of people who want to get back into shape in 2017, but don't know what to do or where to start, according to research commissioned by Jabra: 50

Percentage who admitted to having never used a personal or group trainer: 71

Percentage who aren't prepared to do a basic search online for quick tips and video workouts: 96

Source: Jabra.

In 2016, Florida's net relocation gain (the difference between inbound moves and outbound moves with Allied) to rank as the highest in the nation, according to the annual Allied Van Lines Magnet States Report: 1,316

Ranks of Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Utah on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5

Rank of California as the most mobile state with the highest number of departures and arrivals (10,590): 1

Source: Allied Van Lines.

Number of adults in the U.S. who read a newspaper in a given month -- whether it be in print, on a website or via mobile app, according to a Nielsen Scarborough study: 169 million

In total, percentage of the U.S. population who read a newspaper in a given month: 69

Percentage of monthly newspaper readers who engage with the print product: 81

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of Americans who see Cuba in a positive light, representing a majority for the first time in Gallup polling history: 54

Percentage who viewed Cuba favorably in 2014: 38

Percentage who expressed the same in 2006: 21

Source: Gallup Organization.

Between 1999 and 2014, percentage of all deaths in the United States deaths that involved firearms (487,858), according to ProCon.org: 1.2

Rank of firearm deaths on the leading causes of death in the U.S.: 12

Rank of death by firearm and death by suffocation on the list of the leading methods of suicide: 1, 2

Source: ProCon.org.

Percentage of employers who are planning to hire full-time, permanent employees over the next 12 months, according to CareerBuilder's annual job forecast: 40

Percentage who expect to hire part-time, permanent staff: 30

Percentage of all employers who anticipate adding temporary or contract workers: 50

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Idle Thought

"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." -- Bob Dylan

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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