Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 16, 2008

Percentage of divorced Americans who report losing weight during or right after a divorce, according to a study by 36

Percentage who changed jobs or got a new job: 33

Percentage who bought a car: 30

Percentage who bought furniture: 28


Average number of hours that Americans are putting in at work each day, according to NSF's 2008 Sleep in America poll: 9.5

Estimated number of hours of additional work they do at home: 4.5

Percentage of those surveyed who say they only get a good night's sleep a few nights per month: 32

Source: National Sleep Foundation.

Percentage of open positions in 2007 that were filled by internal movement, according to CareerXroads Annual Sources of Hire Study: 30

Percentage of all external hires that were made based on referrals: 28.7

Percentage of external hires that were attributed to job boards: 25.7

Percentage of hires that were made from traditional print sources: 5

Source: CareerXroads.

Percentage of female middle managers who aspire to senior level positions, according to a Hudson research study: 77

Estimated percentage of women who ever achieve that goal: 25

Source: Hudson.

Ranks of London, New York and Moscow as the world's most expensive cities for residential apartment buyers, according a survey by the Global Property Guide: 1, 2, 3

Cost range per square meter of residential apartments in Prime Central London (includes Belgravia, Chelsea, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, Regent's Park, South Kensington, St. John's Wood and St. James): $21,800 to $36,200

Cost range per square meter of residential apartments in Upper Manhattan: $13,270 to $22,923

Source: Global Property Guide.

Estimated percentage of the world's online population that has used the Internet to make a purchase, according to Nielsen Global Online Survey on Internet shopping habits: 85

Number of people this represents: 875 million

Percentage increase in the market for online shopping in the past two years: 40

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of U.S. males who say they have snooped on someone else's e-mail, according to a survey conducted by Google: 21

Percentage of women who say the same: 27

Source: Google.

Percentage of executives who said the CEOs of their organizations are very or completely willing to embrace strategies necessary to attract, assess and retain new generations of employees, according to a survey conducted by Stanton Chase International and Birkman International: 55

Rank of baby boomers as the most stable and loyal workforce in history with average employee tenure of 15 years in 1980 and 10 years in 2000: 1

In 2000, average tenure for Generation X (born 1965-1977): 5 years

Source: Stanton Chase International.

Rank of Nevada as the nation's fastest-growing state, with a population increase of 2.9 percent between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau: 1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Idle Thought

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." -- John Barrymore

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