Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 09, 2011

Percentage of managers who believe job seekers include dishonest information on their resumes, according to research from OfficeTeam: 43

Percentage of workers who said they know someone who stretched the truth on these documents: 21

Ranks of job duties, education and employment dates on the list of areas that are embellished most frequently: 1, 2, 3

Source: OfficeTeam.

Average number of text messages the typical American adult sends or receives each day, according to the report Americans and Text Messaging, released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project: 41.5

Average number of daily calls made over cell phones: 12

Percentage of respondents who said they prefer communicating by text to talking on the phone: 31

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Amount of money that Americans estimate the federal government wastes of every dollar it spends, a new high in a Gallup trend question first asked in 1979, according to results of a USA Today/Gallup poll: 51 cents

Amount of money that Americans believe state governments waste for every dollar: 42 cents

Amount of money they believe local governments waste for every dollar: 38 cents

Source: Gallup.

Age at which Americans become proud of their longevity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 85

Estimated number of Americans aged 100 or over: 70,500

In 1950, estimated number of Americans aged 100 or over: 2,300

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Number of times more likely that a corporate CEO (versus an average worker) is to believe he or she works in a company where people are inspired, according to a study from LRN: 6

Percentage of employees who say they are primarily coerced on the job, rather than inspired by values and a commitment to a mission and purpose: 84

Percentage who say they are motivated rather than inspired: 12

Source: LRN.

Percentage of homeowners who claim if they lost their job, they wouldn't be able to make mortgage payments after nine months, according to a Country Financial survey: 68

Current average unemployment length, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 10 months

Percentage of homeowners who say they would be able to maintain payments for just three to six months: 31

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of millennials (ages 20-29) in the U.S. who say the Internet has opened up greater business prospects for people their age, according to research conducted by YouGovStone on behalf of One Young World: 77

Percentage of U.S. millennials who say their career ambition is to run their own business, versus 69 percent of millennials in China and an average of 68 percent worldwide: 38

Percentage of young Americans who report a career ambition to "work their way to the top of an established business," versus 85 percent of young people in China and 64 percent worldwide: 40

Source: One Young World.

Percentage of pet-owning households in the U.S. that are multiple pet owners, according to the American Pet Products Association in its 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey: 40

Number of dogs in the U.S.: 78 million

Number of cats: 86.4 million

Rank of companionship/love/company/affection on the list of top benefits of dog, cat, bird, small animal and equine ownership: 1

Source: American Pet Products Association.

Percentage of U.S. manufacturing executives from global companies with at least $1 billion in revenue who say they will focus on top-line growth over the next two years, fueled by new products, strategic acquisitions and alliances, innovation, and increasing production capacity in high-growth markets, according to KPMG: 26

Percentage who say they will focus on research and development/innovation: 13

Percentage of U.S. respondents who were either very optimistic or optimistic about their company's business outlook for the next two years: 79

Source: KPMG.

Percentage of those who have seen 3-D TV who perceive it to be at least "somewhat better" than standard HDTV or "2-D" TV, according to a study of the TV marketplace, conducted by independent research firm Frank N. Magid Associates: 99

Percentage who said that 3-D TV is "much better" or "dramatically better" than 2-D TV: 71

Source: Frank N. Magid Associates.

Idle Thought

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life." -- Charles Darwin

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