Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 13, 2008

Percentage of prospective graduates who expect to "boomerang" and spend at least some time living with their parents, according to a survey conducted by MonsterTrak: 48

Percentage of 2007 graduates who are still living with their parents: 43

Of this group, percentage who say it is due to limited financial resources: 75

Source: MonsterTRAK.

Percentage of travelers who said money is the biggest barrier when it comes to taking family vacations, according to TripAdvisor's Family Travel Survey: 51

Percentage of respondents who take trips with their children who said the hardest part of taking a family vacation is staying on budget: 30

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of job-seeking executives who said they would be comfortable setting their sights on new employment opportunities even while on their current employers' payrolls, according to a survey by Accountemps: 75

Source: Robert Half International.

Percentage of Americans who classify themselves as "early birds," according to a survey conducted by Braun Research for Panera Bread: 46

Percentage who say they are "night owls": 24

Source: Panera Bread.

Year the comic strip "Mutt and Jeff" first appeared in the nations' newspapers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1908

Estimated number of daily newspapers that were printed at that time: 2,600

Estimated number printed today: 1,450

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of homeowners who have received reverse mortgage loans who said they needed the funds because their budget was too tight, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta: 19

Percentage who said they needed more liquid assets on hand: 16

Percentage who said the money was needed for repairs and maintenance: 15

Percentage who needed to care for dependents and/or pay medical bills: 8

Source: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta Inc.

Percentage level of employee engagement -- measured as overall satisfaction with their jobs, pride in working for their employers, whether they would recommend their organizations as a place to work and their willingness to put forth extra effort -- by traditionalists, those employees 63 and older, according to research by Sirota Survey Intelligence: 84

Percentage employee engagement level of baby boomers (ages 43 to 62): 77

Percentage employee engagement level of Generation X (ages 28 to 42): 78

Percentage employee engagement level of Generation Y (ages 27 and younger): 80

Source: Buchanan Public Relations.

Percentage of C-level U.S. executives (CEO, CFO, CIO, owner/partner) who say they want to take their business completely virtual in the next five years, according to a survey conducted by TIE Commerce and The Mishra Group: 53.4

Percentage of U.S. executives who say they are familiar with the advantages of e-commerce: 80.8

Percentage of U.S. executives who say that they would take their company virtual right now if their business could afford the cost: 30.1

Source: TIE Commerce.

Percentage of Americans who say that fashion shows are "over the top" and that they wouldn't wear any of what they see on the catwalk, according to a survey conducted by BIGresearch: 86

Source: BIGresearch.

Percentage of Americans who say that they would rank spending to raise energy efficiency and develop alternative fuel technology as a top priority for future investment, according to a survey conducted by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in Virginia: 37

Percentage of Americans who say that they would rank spending for medical breakthroughs as most important: 30

Percentage who rank spending on the environment as the most important: 14

Source: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

Idle Thought

"To want to be what one can be is purpose in life." -- Cynthia Ozick

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