Figuratively Speaking for May 19, 2017

Percentage of college seniors who feel "very prepared" for their careers, according to the results of McGraw-Hill Education's fourth annual future workforce survey: 44

Ranks of a good work/life balance, attractive salary and benefits, and opportunities to learn and grow as a professional on the list of factors students said would make them feel most fulfilled in their careers: 1, 2, 3

Source: McGraw-Hill Education.

Percentage of global citizens who think their nation's economy is rigged to the advantage of the rich and powerful, according to Ipsos Global Trends 2017: 76

Percentage of Americans who agree: 78

Percentage of Mexicans who agree: 94

Percentage of Swedes who agree (the lowest percentage in the survey): 56

Source: Ipsos.

Percentage of small-business employees who are happy in their current job, according to an Aflac report: 84

Percentage who agree that most or all of their happiness in their current job is actually because they work for a small business: 48

Compared to working at a large company, percentage of employees who indicate that small businesses make them feel more appreciated: 67

Source: Aflac Inc.

Considered funny (by 52 percent of respondents), cool (28 percent) and unique (24 percent), rank of the GEICO Gecko as the most recognizable spokescharacter with an awareness score of 56, according to E-Poll Market Research: 1

Rank of GEICO's Caleb the Camel (56 percent) on the list of characters with the most appeal: 1

Source: E-Poll Market Research.

Annual amount of money spent by insurers and consumers on home health services (including home rehabilitation, skilled nursing, chronic therapy services, and hospice and palliative care), according to international research firm Parks Associates: $50 billion

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of teens -- a cohort that has seen an increase in fatal crashes -- who would use social media behind the wheel, according to research compiled through National Safety Council surveys: 35

Percentage of teens who feel their own distraction may have contributed to a crash: 17

Percentage who believe they can have up to three drinks before they are not safe or too impaired to drive: 71

Source: National Safety Council.

Number of Americans who are married or have a partner who keep all of their bank accounts separate, according to a new study from Bankrate.com: 22 million

Percentage of younger millennials who are most likely to opt for separate accounts: 37

Percentage of those making less than $30,000 per year who are most likely to opt for separate accounts: 35

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of luxury consumers (defined as those with $250,000 to $1 million in investable assets) in the United States, United Kingdom, India, United Arab Emirates and China, who are confident in the housing market in their respective countries and are ready to purchase a home within the next three years, according to Sotheby's International Realty: 85

Number of areas these consumers are most interested in (waterfront, metropolitan and historic homes): 3

Source: Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates.

Percentage of fitness-conscious Americans who would still work out even if they could be fit and healthy without doing so, according to a study conducted by Great Blue Research for Zoom: 76

Percentage of these fitness-conscious Americans who work out every day: 44

Percentage who work out four or more times a week: 48

Source: Zoom.

Percentage of Americans who say that mosquitoes limit their family's outdoor activities during the months they're most active, according to a Harris Poll: 85

Percentage of Americans who are concerned about protecting themselves and their family from Zika or other mosquito-borne illnesses: 66

Source: The Harris Poll.

Idle Thought

"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." -- Theodore Rubin, psychiatrist and writer

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

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