Figuratively Speaking for October 13, 2017

Percentage of small business owners who say it was a challenge to access funding for their ventures, according to a survey by Reliant Funding: 28

Percentage who said they had been denied a loan from their bank: 30

Percentage of respondents who stated that the biggest challenge facing their small business is finding skilled workers: 35

Source: Reliant Funding.

Projected amount that Americans will spend on costumes, candy and pumpkins for Halloween this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: $9.1 billion

Estimated number of Americans who plan to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million in 2016: 179 million

Projected amount that the average consumer will spend: $86.13

Source: NRF.

Percentage of workers who say they've seen a colleague leave the restroom without washing his or her hands, according to a survey by Bradley Corp.: 61

Percentage of Americans who ramp up their hand-washing practices during flu season: 70

Source: Bradley Corp.

Percentage of Americans who don't realize credit scores affect cellphone bills, according to a survey by WalletHub: 70

Percentage who say credit reports are easier to understand than cellphone agreements: 76

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of Americans who plan to start holiday shopping before Nov. 1, according to a survey by RetailMeNot Inc.: 45

Percentage of retailers will capitalize on this earlier start by beginning their holiday marketing efforts earlier this year: 80

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of workers who say they "hate" or "tolerate" their job, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 28

Of those who tolerate or hate their job, ranks of "need to pay the bills," "its proximity to home," "needing the insurance" and "it pays well" on the list of the top reasons for staying in a current position: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Ranks of the fashion, technology, sports and entertainment industries on the list of those industries where Americans believe older customers are not as well served as other customers: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: AARP.

Percentage of American adults who would vacation alone (with 28 percent having already done so, and 19 percent being open to it someday): 47

Percentage of respondents who said they would not leave the U.S. even if all expenses were paid: 7

Source: Cashlorette.com.

Average number of resumes that advertising and marketing executives say they receive from professionals in the creative field for an open position, according to research by The Creative Group: 32

Average number of candidates they interview before filling a role: 7

Average number of weeks it takes to fill an open staff-level position: 5

Source: The Creative Group.

Percentage of companies that have a college internship program, according to a survey by Korn Ferry: 63

Percentage of these organizations who say the program helps identify the best students to hire upon graduation: 88

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Idle Thought

"Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You'll find what you need to find. Just read." -- Neil Gaiman, author

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

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