Figuratively Speaking for January 24, 2010

Percentage of resumes that have some type of lie, according to a survey conducted by BackTrack: 40

Percentage of companies hiring today that will contract with a background-checking company to screen potential employees: 50

Percentage that will screen potential employees internally: 25

Source: BackTrack Inc.

Median tenure of workers -- the midpoint of wage and salary workers' length of employment in their current job -- according to a study by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI): 5.1 years

Median tenure for private-sector workers in 2008: 3.9 years

Median tenure for public-sector workers in 2008: 7.0 years

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of Americans in the 18-to-29 age group who say that high-tech communications devices such as Blackberrys and iPhones represent a change for the better, according to Pew Research: 72

Percentage of those ages 30 to 49 who agree: 62

For the public as a whole, percentage who say these handheld devices are a change for the better: 56

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Median age for first-time brides in the U.S., according to 27

Median age for grooms: 29

Median age for remarriage for brides: 34

Median age for remarriage for grooms: 37


Percentage of American families who have increased the number of meals prepared at home in 2009 as compared to 2008, according to an Allrecipes survey: 49

Percentage of survey respondents who cited "enjoying cooking and trying new recipes" as their main reason for eating at home: 30


Percentage of survey respondents who say current and upcoming texting-while-driving bans by states will not alter their use of a cell phone while driving, according to a survey by Cellcontrol: 72

Percentage of drivers who admitted to using their cell phone to text, e-mail, surf the Web or have a conversation while driving in the past 12 months: 88

Percentage of those who agreed that driving while intoxicated and texting are equally dangerous: 75

Source: Cellcontrol.

Ranks of Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Honda CR-V, Toyota Corolla and Toyota RAV4 on the list of the top 20 most-researched new vehicles for 2009, according to the Kelley Blue Book: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: Kelley Blue Book.

Percentage of adults over the age of 46 who do not feel secure in their jobs, as opposed to 80 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds who do: 34

Percentage of Americans over age 46 who point to the economy as having the biggest impact on stress levels: 52

Percentage of younger workers who attribute their stress to our country's economic woes: 33

Source: Workplace Options.

Percentage of American adults who lacked health insurance coverage in 2009, up from 14.8 percent in 2008, according to the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index: 16.2

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of U.S. Tour Organizers Association tour operators who reported that custom-planned itineraries were their greatest growth area, according to a survey by Kundell Communications: 40

Percentage who reported that their highest growth was in independent tours: 25

Percentage who said that escorted tours were their area of greatest growth: 20

Source: Kundell Communications.

Idle Thought

"Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both." -- Abraham Flexner, educator

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)

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