Figuratively Speaking for July 21, 2017

Estimated number of Americans who have a side hustle -- a way to earn extra money other than a main source of income -- according to a Bankrate.com report: 44 million

Percentage of younger millennials (ages 18 to 26) who indicate they have a side hustle, the most of any age group: 28

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of professionals who say that although summer jobs, such as landscaping, waiting tables, lifeguarding, etc., may not build technical skills, these jobs help prepare young people for their post-college careers, according to a survey by Robert Half: 98

Ranks of customer service skills (80 percent), interpersonal/communication skills (78 percent) and working effectively in a team setting (74 percent) on the list of the top three skills workers say they built during their summer jobs: 1, 2, 3

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of cars that are lemons (defined as newly purchased vehicles that presented several manufacturing defects potentially affecting the safety, value or use) that started to show symptoms or problems after only one month of purchase, with issues ranging from a check engine light to a non-starting vehicle, according to a survey conducted by YourMechanic: 66

Percentage of lemon car owners who spent up to $10,000 on the faulty vehicle: 63

Source: YourMechanic.

Percentage of executives who say that resumes are less important to the job search process than they were five years ago, according to a survey conducted by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry: 35

Ranks of networking (77 percent), interviewing (16 percent), social/online presence (4 percent) and resumes (3 percent) on the list of the most important parts of the job search process: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Korn Ferry International.

Number of times per week the average millennial dines at a restaurant or buys takeout food, according to a study from Bankrate.com: 5

Percentage of all millennials (and 51 percent between the ages of 21 and 26) who typically go to a bar at least once a week, versus 24 percent of Generation Xers, 19 percent of baby boomers and 11 percent of the silent generation: 42

Overall, percentage of Americans who say they don't purchase any brewed coffee or tea in a typical week: 59

Source: Bankrate.com.

On average, percentage more that people with no credit pay for car insurance than people with excellent credit, according to WalletHub's 2017 Car Insurance and Credit Scores Report: 65

At Farmers Insurance (the firm most reliant on credit data), estimated percentage more that newcomers with no credit pay than excellent-credit customers: 100

Source: WalletHub.

Ranks of "Stranger Things," "Supernatural," "This Is Us" and "Orange Is the New Black" on the list of summer's most bingeable shows, according to E-Poll Market Research: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of bingeable shows that are superhero shows, led by "Marvel's Luke Cage" at No. 8: 20

Source: E-Poll Market Research.

While 99 percent of people like ice cream, percentage of Americans who say they do not eat it or they limit their consumption due to "health" concerns, according to a survey conducted for Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Desserts: 55

Percentage of respondents who feel ice cream isn't a healthy choice: 22

Percentage who don't eat it because they are trying to lose weight or stay fit: 17

Source: Arctic Zero.

Rank of New York as the world's most popular city, retaining the title it claimed in 2013, according to the 2017 edition of the Ipsos Top Cities Index: 1

Number of countries where people were asked to list, out of 60 cities, the metropolises they felt were best to live in, do business in and visit: 26

Ranks of Abu Dhabi, London and Paris on the list: 2, 3, 4

Source: Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

Each year, estimated number of weddings that take place across the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 2.1 million

Median age at first marriage for women -- up five years since 1980, according to the Census Bureau: 27.8

Average age of men for a first marriage: 29.7

Source: Census Bureau.

Idle Thought

"What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt and has a clear conscience?" -- Adam Smith, economist

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

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