Figuratively Speaking for September 15, 2017

Percentage of executives who strongly agreed that recent college graduates have the needed skills to succeed as they enter their first professional job, according to a survey by Korn/Ferry: 5

Compared to college graduates 10 years ago, percentage of respondents who felt today's graduates are more motivated to succeed on the job: 34

Percentage who said today's college graduates are less motivated to succeed: 42

Percentage of professionals who said they look for drive/passion when hiring a new college graduate: 61

Percentage who said grades: 1

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Percentage of women who are likely to let the other person pay for a date, versus 2 percent of men, according to a survey by Bankrate: 46

Percentage of women who are more likely to split the bill, versus 9 percent of men: 37

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of Americans who believe the condition of a workplace restroom is one indicator of how a company values its workforce, according to a survey by the Bradley Corp.: 89

Percentage of workers who rank their restrooms as "excellent" or "very good": 67

Source: Bradley Corp.

Percentage of Americans ages 18 to 39 who indicated they believe it's "normal to be depressed when you are old," according to a survey by AARP: 47

Percentage of respondents ages 60 and up who believe old age is a "depressing stage of life": 10

Percentage of respondents ages 60 and up who reported they are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their life, versus 61 percent of people ages 18 to 39 and 60 percent of those ages 40 to 59: 67

Source: AARP.

Average amount of time Americans spend per week cleaning their house without help, according to a survey on behalf of Alfred Karcher GmbH & Co.: 3.3 hours

Percentage of Americans who would spend more time cleaning their house for visiting friends than for their parents: 34

Percentage who would clean their house before a date arrives: 9

Source: Alfred Karcher GmbH & Co.

If money were not a concern, ranks of Hawaii, Florida, California, Alaska and Colorado on the list of the most popular domestic holiday destinations, according to a survey from TheCashlorette.com: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Internationally, ranks of Italy, Australia, France, the United Kingdom and Ireland on the list: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: TheCashlorette.com.

Number of minutes per day employees ages 18 to 34 rack up on mobile devices, according to an OfficeTeam survey: 70

Amount of time they spend on personal tasks each work day, the most of all age groups: 48 minutes

Source: OfficeTeam.

Amount now loaded to prepaid credit cards each year, according to WalletHub: $300 billion

Annual amount it can cost the consumer if they chose the wrong option on a prepaid card: $311

Percentage less-expensive that prepaid cards from large banks can be than their small-bank counterparts: 82

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of small-business owners who are optimistic about their future, according to a survey by Reliant Funding: 63

Percentage who said their business is good and steadily growing: 76

Source: Reliant Funding.

Percentage of Americans who said that the main reason they buy organic "is to avoid pesticides," according to research for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc.: 90

Percentage of people in the United States who have detectable levels of pesticide breakdown products in their urine: 94

Percentage who said they buy organic to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs): 70

Percentage who choose organic produce because they believe it is a more nutritious option to feed their families: 40

Source: Natural Grocers.

Idle Thought

"No one worth possessing, can be quite possessed." -- Sara Teasdale, poet

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

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