Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 28, 2008

Percentage of newly minted physicians who said they received 10 or more job solicitations during their training, according to a survey conducted by Merritt, Hawkins and Associates: 94

Percentage who said they had received 26 or more solicitations: 80

Percentage who said they had received more than 50 job solicitations: 40

Percentage who said they had received more than 100 job solicitations: 6

Source: Merritt, Hawkins and Associates.

Ranks of Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake as the most dangerous men to seek on the Internet, according to McAfee's list of celebrity names that produce the largest number of risky sites when searched for on the Web: 1, 2

Percentage chance that fans searching for "Brad Pitt," "Brad Pitt downloads," and Brad Pitt wallpaper, screen savers and pictures have of infecting their PCs with online threats such as spyware, spam, phishing, adware, viruses and other malware: 18

Source: McAfee Inc.

Estimated number of teaching vacancies that will become available over the next decade, based on projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics: 1.5 million

Percentage of college-educated Americans ages 24 to 60 who would consider becoming a teacher, according to a national survey for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: 42

Source: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Ranks of sex (29 percent), nothing (22 percent) and money (21 percent) as the topics men selected that couples should talk about more, according to a nationwide survey from 1, 2, 3

Ranks of money (33 percent), nothing (29 percent), marriage (16 percent) and sex (15 percent) as the topics women selected that couples should talk about more: 1, 2, 3, 4


Percentage of employees over the age of 18 who said they are worried about finding a new job if they lose their current one, according to "America at Work," a national poll conducted by the Employment Law Alliance: 51

Percentage who are troubled by the increasing cost to workers of employer-sponsored health care plans: 45

Source: Employment Law Alliance.

Percentage of finance and human resources managers who said that bringing in a candidate on a temporary basis provides the most insight into that person's future job performance, according to a survey developed by Accountemps: 38

Percentage who described the in-person interview as their most valuable hiring tool: 38

Percentage who cited the reference check: 17

Percentage who relied on the resume and cover letter: 6

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of heterosexual adults who agree that how employees perform at their job should be the standard for judging employees, not whether or not they are transgender, according to the "2008 Out and Equal Workplace Survey": 71

Percentage of heterosexuals who feel that spouses of married heterosexual employees and committed partners of gay and lesbian employees both should receive leave rights for family and medical emergencies as outlined in FMLA: 68

Source: Out and Equal Workplace.

Average percentage of all auto insurance shoppers that auto insurance companies quote and successfully sign, according to the J.D. Power and Associates study: 2

Percentage of auto insurance customers who have actively shopped for a new insurer in the past year: 36

Source: J.D. Power and Associates.

Percentage of U.S. and U.K. consumers who would be happy to receive a call that used voice recognition to inform them that their plane, train or bus will be late, according to a report published by BT and Nortel: 71

Percentage who would look favorably on automated calls that informed them of the time of delivery of goods to their homes: 80

In finance, percentage of U.S. respondents who welcomed voice recognition for checking their account balance: 56

Source: Nortel.

If the number of overseas visitors arriving in the U.S. had kept pace with the growth in global overseas travel since 2001, estimated number of new jobs that would have been added to the American economy in 2007, according to a study by The Travel Industry Association: 340,000

Percentage to which total unemployment would have dropped: 4.4

Estimated number of fewer visitors to the U.S. since 9/11: 46 million

Revenue lost in visitor spending: $140 billion

Amount lost in tax revenue: $23 billion

Source: Travel Industry Association of America.

Idle Thought

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements." -- Norman Douglas, novelist

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