Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 01, 2009

Percentage of U.S. adults who say they worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about being a victim of identity theft, higher than reported anxiety about 11 other types of crime and the only crime that a majority worry about at least occasionally, according to a Gallup Poll: 66

Percentage of Americans who worry frequently or occasionally about having their cars stolen or broken into: 47

Percentage who worry about having their homes burglarized when they are not there: 46

Source: Gallup.

Percentage decrease in the number of hourly seasonal jobs this year as opposed to 2007, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll conducted on behalf of 45

Hourly wage that hiring managers expect to pay this year compared to $10 last year: $10.40

Percentage of their seasonal hires that managers will ask to stay on after the holiday season is over: 51

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of workers who reported that they don't pay attention to benefit changes, figuring the same benefits would roll over from the previous year or feeling that the whole process is too confusing, according to a survey by CareerBuilder: 25

Percentage of hiring managers who estimate more than 10 percent of their employees miss annual open enrollment deadlines each year on average: 15

Percentage of human resource managers who said missing open enrollment costs employees, on average, at least $500 in out-of-pocket expenses: 34


Percentage of employees who are considering changing jobs in the next 12 months, according to a Work Watch Survey conducted by Randstad: 12

Percentage of employees who expressed feeling envious of those who have left their organization: 12

Source: Randstad U.S.

For the first time in U.S. history, estimated record number of checks and electronic transactions for debit cards, credit cards and automatic payments by the end of 2009, according to Moebs Services: 100 billion

Percentage of these transactions that will be debit card transactions: 33

Percentage that will be paper checks: 24

Percentage that will be credit card transactions: 23

Percentage that will be ACH (automatic payments): 20

Percentage of all banks and credit unions that have income from overdraft fees that is greater than their net income: 44.5

Percentage of all financial institutions that allow consumers to overdraw their accounts at an ATM or with a debit card, charging a median of $26 for this service: 35

Source: Moebs Services.

Percentage of American males 15 and older who are currently married but not separated, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey cited by Pew Research: 55

Percentage of females 15 and older who are married, but not separated: 50

Nationally, the median age at first marriage for men: 28

Nationally, the median age at first marriage for women: 26

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

Being the first to publish pictures of a Turkish Airlines plane crash and to publish pictures of U.S. Airways Flight 1549's dramatic crash into the Hudson River earlier this year (putting Twitter on the leading edge of all news), percentage of all traffic on Twitter that goes to news sites, according to a breakdown of traffic by the online ad network Chitka: 28.49

Percentage that goes to movies: 22.56

Percentage that goes to tech: 13.39

Source: Chitka Inc.

Percentage of chief financial officers who expect improved business conditions in 2010, according to a poll conducted at Deloitte's CFO Vision 2009 conference: 57

Percentage of CFOs who said ending the recession should be the top public policy issue for the Obama administration: 43

Percentage who felt tax reform should be the top public policy issue: 19

Source: Deloitte.

Percentage of U.S. adults who report that at least one member of their immediate family lost health insurance coverage within the past year, according to a Zogby Interactive poll: 26

Percentage of those in households earning $35,000 and less who report having a family member lose health insurance coverage: 37

Source: Zogby International.

Idle Thought

"What you cannot enforce, do not command." -- Sophocles

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