Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 10, 2011

Estimated percentage of all Americans who have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives, according to research from the National Restaurant Association: 50

Percentage of adults who had their first job experience in a restaurant: 25

Percentage of restaurant managers who got their start as front-line employees: 80

Source: National Restaurant Association.

Percentage of Americans who date who say they used Facebook to snoop around a date's information and check out photos, according to Zagat's Dating and Dumping survey: 41

Ranks of through family and friends, online, random encounters, through hobbies and activities, and through work on the list of the best ways to meet someone: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Zagat.

Percentage of Americans who love their job who say it is because of the work that they do, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs-Randstad survey: 66

Percentage who say their co-workers are the reason they love their job: 11

Percentage who cite their employer as the reason: 10

Percentage who say the pay or salary: 9

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who were concerned about whether the government was watching them online, according to a survey by YouGov: 35

Percentage who were wary about the data that social networks collect: 15

Source: Opera Software.

In 2010, percentage growth in the number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, not including a primary residence, according to Affluent Market Insights 2011, a report released by Spectrem Group: 8

Number of households this represents: 600,000

Total U.S. millionaire population today: 8.4 million

Percentage growth in the number of households with a net worth of $500,000 or more, not including a primary residence: 6

Total number of these households today, up from 12.7 million in 2009: 13.5 million

Source: Spectrem Group.

Percentage of mature workers who said the primary drivers for postponing retirement are financial restraints, according to a survey from CareerBuilder: 65

Percentage who said they need the health insurance and other benefits: 58

Percentage of respondents who said they stay because they enjoy their job: 39

Percentage who enjoy where they work: 36

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Year that the nation's first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, received her M.D. -- as the result of a joke, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1849

Finding it hard to get a job at established hospitals and clinics, year that she opened her own dispensary, which later grew to become the New York Infirmary for Women and Children: 1854

Year that she established a Women's Medical College at the Infirmary to train women physicians and doctors: 1868

Percentage of U.S. doctors who are women: 33

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Much to the chagrin of home improvement stores, percentage decline in the DIY home improvement market from 2005 to 2010, according to research from Mintel: 21

Percentage of DIYers who say they would like to undertake a major renovation or addition to their home, but they just don't have the funds: 28

Source: Mintel.

Percentage of in-market new car buyers who believe it would be valuable to require a dealer to provide a no-haggle upfront selling price, according to TrueCar's Online Automotive Buying Behavior Report: 90

Percentage of car shoppers who believe that they will not receive a fair price for their trade-in or that the dealer will make up for the loss through other services (financing, extended warranties, etc.): 82

Percentage of respondents who would likely use a car-buying service from a trusted organization to save time and money: 80

Source: TrueCar Inc.

Percentage of women who think a bad skin day is worse than a bad hair day, according to a CosMedix survey: 38

Percentage of women who fear being seen without makeup by their significant other: 22

Source: Cosmedix.

Idle Thought

"There is nothing like desire for preventing the things one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in one's mind." -- Marcel Proust

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