Figuratively Speaking for November 14, 2010

Percentage of employers hiring seasonal workers in the fourth quarter this year who said they plan to pay more than $10 an hour, according to a survey from CareerBuilder: 54

Percentage of hiring managers who said their No. 1 pet peeve when hiring seasonal workers is a lack of enthusiasm: 59

Percentage of hiring managers who said they are turned off by workers who appear to want employee discounts more than the opportunity: 31


Percentage of Americans who would rather get up early than sleep in while on vacation, according to the relaxation survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Princess Cruises: 55

While on vacation, percentage of respondents who said that they would rather be spontaneous than schedule their day: 60

Ranks of reading (25 percent), having a drink (20 percent) and listening to music (19 percent) on the list of activities that most aid their relaxation while on vacation: 1, 2, 3

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of men who believe it's becoming more socially acceptable to date an older woman, according to a survey by 85

Percentage of women who would not be offended if they were called a cougar: 73

Percentage of men who would date an older woman because she may expect less than a younger woman who may be looking for marriage: 51

Source: Linden Alschuler and Kaplan Public Relations.

Percentage of U.S. online consumers who say having their questions answered by a live person while they are in the process of shopping online is one of the most important features of a website, according to Forrester Research: 45

Source: Forrester.

Percentage of Americans who are in favor of legalizing the use of marijuana, according to Gallup's annual crime survey: 46

Source: Gallup.

Estimated percentage of the 139 million U.S. workers who do their jobs from home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 4

Rank of Montana on the list of states with the greatest proportion of people working from home -- just over 7 percent: 1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Estimated percentage of the nation's estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants who are of Hispanic origin, according to a survey of Latinos by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center: 80

Percentage of Latino adults who say the unauthorized immigrants should pay a fine but not be deported: 53

Percentage of Latinos who support providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants if they pass background checks, pay a fine and have jobs: 86

Percentage of the general public who feel the same: 68

Source: Pew Hispanic Center.

Percentage of Americans who took a last-minute trip last year and had planned those trips an average of just six days prior to their departure, according to a Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2010 Portrait of American Travelers survey: 27

Percentage of recipients of "flash sale" e-mails (by travel service suppliers trying to liquidate what would otherwise be unsold inventory) who report purchasing a travel service as a result: 14

Percentage of airfare services booked as a result of a flash sale: 47

Source: Ypartnership Public Relations.

Percentage of adult children with retired parents who said they had detailed discussions with their parents about their parents' income and expenses, according to research from EBRI, the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute: 47

Percentage of adult children with retired parents who said they knew the approximate amount of their parents' income: 42

Source: EBRI.

Despite screaming headlines proclaiming the death of the printed book due to burgeoning digital content and electronic reading devices, the percentage of college students who purchased an electronic book of any kind during July, August and September, according to findings of a study by OnCampus Research: 13

Of that 13 percent, percentage who stated that the primary purpose of their e-book purchase was required course materials for class: 56

Percentage of students who said they preferred print over digital: 74

Source: National Association of College Stores.

Idle Thought

"Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it." -- Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)

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