Figuratively Speaking for August 18, 2017

Percentage of hotel customers who always tip their housekeeper (31 percent never do), according to a survey by creditcards.com: 27

Percentage of coffee shop patrons who always tip their barista (30 percent never do): 29

Percentage who always tip their hairstylist/barber (12 percent never do): 67

Source: creditcards.com.

Percentage of Americans who are married or living with a partner who admit to arguing over finances, according to a study on money and relationships from TheCashlorette.com: 48

Percentage of those in serious relationships who confess to arguing about money and say either one person is spending too much or one person is being too frugal: 60

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of parents who say back-to-school shopping for their children stresses them out, according to a survey by RetailMeNot and Kelton Global: 91

Ranks of money, finding the best deals and setting a budget on the list of stressors: 1, 2, 3

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of government workers (local, state and federal) in Pennsylvania, the lowest in the country (Alaska has the nation's highest percentage at 25.1 percent), according to information from WalletHub: 10.8

Percentage of residents below the poverty line in New Hampshire, the lowest (Mississippi has the highest at 22.5 percent): 8.9

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of the 4 million people globally who are dying from health problems linked to being overweight who are not yet obese, highlighting that deaths are occurring almost as often in those considered overweight as those considered obese, according to a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington: 40

Source: CNN Money.

Percentage of young people who are far less optimistic about their ability to afford a home relative to their parents at their age, according to the findings of a Citi/Ipsos Global Survey: 57

Globally, percentage of young people who believe that a university education is needed to be successful: 67

Percentage who see education as beyond their financial means: 69

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs CJ.

Percentage of companies that do not offer corporate retreats -- offsite events where employees, commonly executives, meet to discuss the business -- according to a survey by Robert Half Management Resources: 80

Percentage of CFOs who said the greatest single benefit of retreats is that they increase teamwork and morale: 40

Percentage who said these meetings provide an environment that stimulates new ideas and perspectives: 20

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of U.S. seniors who desire independent living at home with ease and convenience, according to research by Parks Associates: 60

Ranks of "living with independence and assurance," "living a healthy life minimizing the impact of illness and disease," and "living with ease and convenience" on the list of the most important aspects of their retirement, as cited by senior citizens: 1, 2, 3

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of professionals and executives who said the autumn of a college student's senior year is the best time to recruit top candidates, according to a survey conducted by Korn Ferry: 64

Percentage of respondents who said a college degree is a firm prerequisite for hiring professionals in their organization: 67

Source: Korn Ferry International.

Idle Thought

"Shadow owes its birth to light." -- John Gay, poet and dramatist (1685-1732)

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

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