Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 30, 2010

Number of times more lawyers per capita in the District of Columbia than there are in any state in the country, according to the U.S. Census and Martindale-Hubbell: 13.8

Source: See http://www.averyindex.com/lawyers_per_capita.php.

Percentage of Wall Street professionals who say they have been approached at least once by headhunters since the start of 2010, according to a survey by eFinancialCareers: 72

Percentage of the respondents who indicated the number of calls was substantially or moderately higher than last year: 44

Percentage of respondents who said their current employer hasn't offered any positive incentives to deter them from moving to another firm: 82

Source: eFinancialCareers.

Percentage of parents who regret the names they have chosen for their children, according to a study by bounty.com: 20

Percentage of people who are fed up with the sheer number of other children sharing the same moniker: 19

Percentage of parents who say that much to their dismay, their child's forename has been the cause of amusement among friends and family: 15

Source: Bounty.com.

Of the number of special observances in May (ranging from National Vinegar Month to National Smile Month), rank of Root Canal Appreciation Day on the list of the most intriguing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1

Estimated number of teeth that are saved each year by the procedure: 17 million

As a nation, estimated total annual bill for dental services: $100 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Rank of Baltimore on the list of the "Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers," according to a study from insurance.com: 1

Percentage of drivers in Baltimore who claim a prior accident when receiving a car insurance comparison quote from insurance.com: 36.5

Percentage of drivers in Yuma, Ariz., who claim a prior accident when receiving a car insurance comparison quote from insurance.com, the safest city in the country: 17.2

Source: Insurance.com.

Percentage of employers who say they plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, according to CareerBuilder's annual summer jobs forecast: 22

Percentage of employers who say they are planning to hire the same amount of summer workers as last year: 15

Percentage of companies that reported they would consider some of their seasonal recruits for permanent placement within their organizations when the summer ends: 57

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Rank of songs from the soundtrack of the classic "Rocky" films on the list of the most motivational songs to run to for the fourth year in succession, according to a poll of marathon runners by realbuzz.com: 1

Ranks of "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, "Keep on Running" by the Spencer Davis Group, and "Chariots of Fire" by Vangelis as the most popular individual songs: 1, 2, 3

Source: Realbuzz.com.

Percentage of global business executives who view public CEO apologies as less effective than other strategies to repair tarnished company reputations, according to an 11-country survey by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick and KRC Research: 59

Percentage of business leaders who say the best steps to beginning the reputation recovery process are announcing specific actions the company will take to fix the problem: 76

Percentage who believe the company should create an early warning system: 76

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Percentage of chief financial officers who said today's accounting grads might have more success cutting their teeth at smaller companies than at public accounting firms or big corporations, according to a survey developed by Accountemps: 56

When asked what area of specialization they would recommend for newly minted graduates, percentage of CFOs who said general accounting: 60

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of business professionals who are either very concerned or somewhat concerned that there may be a "double dip" in the economy, according to the results of a Deloitte Financial Advisory Services survey: 85

Percentage of respondents who think that some cost-cutting measures that their company implemented to weather the recession will be enforced during the upturn: 63

Percentage of respondents who believe that their company will not fully recover from the recession until after 2011: 31

Source: Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP.

Idle Thought

"Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a 'necessary evil,' it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil." -- Sydney J. Harris, journalist

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)