Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 22, 2010

Percentage of hiring managers who say that job seekers with shifty eyes would make them reluctant to hire that candidate, according to a survey by CareerBuilder: 67

Percentage who would be less likely to hire someone who failed to smile: 38

Percentage who cited fidgeting as a reason they would be less likely to hire someone: 33


Percentage of workers who said making a mess for others to clean up is the most annoying break-room behavior, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 44

Percentage who said that stealing a co-worker's food was the most annoying: 19

Percentage who said leaving expired/spoiled food in the refrigerator: 18

Source: OfficeTeam.

Projected revenue in 2010 in the parental outsourcing of child-related duties (e.g., child care, coaching and tutoring), according to research by IBISWorld: $55.8 billion

Percentage of the parental outsourcing category that is accounted for by child care centers, generating $22.8 billion in revenue: 41

Percentage of the market that is accounted for by nannying and baby-sitting, with revenue expected to total $16.2 billion: 29.1

Source: IBISWorld.

If they could find the same job in a community that they thought offered a higher quality of life, percentage of working Americans who would take the plunge and move, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll: 43

Percentage of working Americans who say greater affordability would be the biggest attraction in moving to another community: 20

Percentage who say better schools would be their motivation: 16

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of travelers who say that an airline should refund fees if it loses/delays your bags: 14

Percentage who say the airline must put you on another carrier at no additional charge if a flight is canceled/delayed, according to Smarter Travel: 56

Percentage who say that if the airline eliminates a route after you buy a ticket, they must put you on another airline for no additional cost: 75

Source: Smarter Travel.

Percentage of TVs sold in the U.S. in 2014 that will be 3-D-ready, according to Parks Associates: 80

Percentage of households that are familiar with 3-D TV, an increase from 10 percent from the previous quarter: 13

Percentage of these households that are willing to pay for 3-D content, provided they have access to the right types of content, including movies and TV shows: 48

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of apartment hunters who do not carry renters insurance because they do not think they can afford it or did not know it existed, according to an national survey: 67

Average cost of renters insurance per month: $12.50

Percentage more likely that renters are to experience theft than homeowners, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: 50


Despite the current economic slump and the widespread anticipation of crises to come, percentage of Americans who remain upbeat about the future, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Smithsonian magazine about an America 40 years hence: 64

Percentage who are optimistic about the future of the United States: 61

Percentage who say the U.S. economy will be stronger than it is today: 56

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

Rank of Michelle Obama (with a rating of 66 percent) on the list assessing the favorability of several key public figures, according to a Gallup Poll: 1

Ranks of Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton, David Petraeus and Barack Obama on the list: 2 (tie), 4, 5

Source: Gallup.

Percentage rise in online advertising spending in 2010, according to a report from eMarketer: 11.9

Projected spending in 2010: $61.8 billion

By 2014, estimated online ad spending, growing at an 11.9 percent compound annual rate: $96.8 billion

Source: eMarketer.

Idle Thought

"In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose." -- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)