Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 15, 2008

Percentage of Americans who say that it is "very important" or "somewhat important" for them to be wealthy, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project: 57

Percentage who say it is not important at all: 10

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Estimated number of young urban consumers -- ages 12 to 34 -- there are in the United States, according to a report from Packaged Facts: 37 million

Aggregate income of these 37 million young urbanites in 2007: $594 billion

Projected income in 2012, much of which will be spent on luxury items: $684 billion

Source: Packaged Facts.

Percentage of corporate responsibility (CR) practitioners who rate their organizations favorably on their achievement of CR goals, according to a study by Sirota Survey Intelligence: 82

Percentage of providers of CR-related services (those who supply organizations and practitioners with strategic advice and counseling, management consulting, communications solutions, research and development, training/education, advertising and public relations, and other services) who say those organizations' CR efforts have attained their objectives: 53

Source: Sirota Survey Intelligence.

Ranks of Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Great Adventure, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Sea World as the top family-friendly vacation spots searched for on the Internet, according to Ask.com: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of the Florida Everglades, the White House, the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore as the most popular U.S. landmarks searched for on the Internet: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Ask.com.

Estimated number of trips avoided in the last 12 months due to air travelers' frustration, according to a survey by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) and conducted by bipartisan polling firms of Peter D. Hart Research Associates and The Winston Group: 41 million

Estimated cost to the U.S. economy in lost revenue: $26 billion

Estimated cost to the airlines: $9 billion

Estimated cost to hotels: $6 billion

Estimated cost to restaurants: $3 billion

Source: Travel Industry Association of America.

Percentage of college students who reported that they are confident or very confident about their ability to manage their own money, according to a survey by Higher One: 67

Percentage of students who are saving at least 5 percent of their income: 50

Percentage of them who are investing in some way: 22

Source: Higher One.

Percentage of drivers who are admittedly guilty of driving while distracted (DWD), according to a Nationwide Insurance survey: 72

Percentage of Americans -- despite their DWD habits -- who think they are safe drivers: 98

Source: Nationwide Insurance.

Although baby boomers (born 1946-1964) and "matures" (born 1900-1945) have much to offer Generation Y (born 1980-1988) in regards to knowledge and experience, percentage of boomers who report little to no interaction with their Generation Y colleagues: 51

Percentage of matures who report little to no interaction with them: 66

Source: Randstad-USA.

Number of countries that have statutes allowing parents to move to part-time work or otherwise adjust their working hours, according to a survey of 21 high-income countries (including the United States), conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law: 17

Rank of the U.S. out of the 21 nations in terms of a college-educated woman's (ages 19 to 54) likelihood of participating in the labor market: 21

Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Percentage of workers age 30 and older who say their high school experience had an influence on the job they hold today, according to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com: 39

Rank of former cheerleaders among the students most likely to hold a vice president position: 1

Percentage of teacher's pets who now work in administrative/clerical positions, the highest job category percentage of any type of student: 41

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Idle Thought

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." -- Jim Ryun

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