Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 30, 2011

Percentage of executives who said they value initiative and enthusiasm, and that job seekers should be encouraged to contact a prospective employer within two weeks after submitting a resume, according to a survey by Accountemps: 81

Percentage who said they should make contact within three weeks: 12

Percentage who said three weeks or more: 6

Source: Accountemps.

Year in which Roberto Clemente became the first Hispanic-American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1973

Number of league batting championships won by Clemente during his career: 4

In the U.S., estimated number of people involved in professional sports, including athletes, umpires and coaches: 258,000

Percentage who are Hispanic: 9

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Amount of money a college student spends each month on food, clothing, gas, travel, entertainment and personal care, according to "Under the Cover with College Students," a survey by leading social education platform, Chegg: $500

Percentage of students who are hopeful that the economy will turn around before they graduate, but are prepared to enter a difficult job market: 86

Percentage who are working at least part-time to make ends meet: 57

Source: Chegg.

Percentage of parents of children aged 5 to 17 (with household income between $15,000 and $75,000) who believe that they are a very important resource when it comes to teaching children about basic money management, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of BMO Harris Bank: 89

Percentage of parents who agree (51 percent strongly/39 percent somewhat) that they are concerned about the younger generation's ability to manage money: 90

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Amount of money that Americans are projected to save at the pump under the higher miles per gallon (MPG) standards requiring automakers to achieve a fleet fuel economy average of 54.5 miles MPG and emit 163 grams of carbon dioxide per mile by 2025, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists: $44.3 billion

Number of gallons of oil that will be slashed from the nation's dependence on that commodity by 2030: 23.7 billion

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council.

Percentage of British nationals with a partner who conceal a credit card from their significant other, according to research from MoneySupermarket: 8

Percentage of Brits with credit cards who deliberately make sure their partner doesn't see their credit card statements or bank statements: 11

Percentage of respondents who said their top reason for being deceptive was because they feared their partner would be annoyed by the amount of money they spent: 40

Source: Money Supermarket.

Percentage of football fans who have attended a tailgating event and partied with beer, burgers and bets, according to a survey by the Advertising Specialty Institute: 62

Percentage of respondents who report having gotten tipsy at a tailgate or football party: 38

Percentage of tailgaters who report painting a part of their body before a game: 17

Source: Advertising Specialty Institute.

Percentage of finance professionals who thought global economic conditions were deteriorating or stagnating, according to a survey undertaken by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants: 75

Percentage who thought their government is not dealing correctly with current economic challenges: 45

Source: ACCA.

Percentage of information technology and business executives across the U.S. who are unaware if their organization has strategies, policies, procedures or technology controls in place to effectively enforce mobile security, according to Deloitte poll: 40

Percentage of respondents who feel their company is at risk for a cyber attack originating from a mobile security lapse: 87

Source: DeLoitte LP.

Percentage of Americans who always or often have their doctor or medical professional explain to them why a test was needed, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute: 73

Percentage who ask about the risks of treatment or side effects of medication: 67

Percentage who ask about the success rate of the treatment option: 57

Source: EBRI.

Idle Thought

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." -- Aldous Huxley

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