Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 29, 2011

Percentage of workers who said they have gained weight in their current jobs, according to a new CareerBuilder survey: 43

Percentage who said stress has contributed to their weight gain: 24

Percentage of respondents who blamed sitting at a desk most of the day for their weight gain: 36


Out of seven factors impacting job security, percentage of workers who selected their own performance as having the most impact, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs survey conducted on behalf of Kenexa: 26

Percentage who said the U.S. economy had the most impact: 26

Percentage who selected their skills and education as the most important factor: 14

Percentage of respondents who said that the performance of their organization as a whole had an important impact: 18

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia on the list of states in which it's best to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine's annual Best and Worst States survey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Number of years Texas has held the No. 1 position: 7

Source: Chief Executive Group. Contact Marshall Cooper at 203-930-2704 or email

Percentage of respondents who admitted they have sex once or twice a week, according to the results from the Great American Sex Survey by Adam and Eve: 26

Percentage who said they enjoyed sex more than once a day: 1

Source: Adam and Eve.

Percentage of working Americans who consider their paycheck to be their most valuable asset, according to a new survey from the nonprofit LIFE Foundation: 16

Amount of money a 25-year-old worker who makes $50,000 a year could lose in future earnings if he or she were to become permanently disabled and unable to work and earn an income: $3.8 million

Percentage chance there is of suffering a disabling illness or injury that could keep a worker out of work for three months or more: 30

Source: LIFE Foundation.

Decade culinary historians note that sausages joined peanuts, popcorn and soda on the concession menus at ballparks, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's annual report: 1890s

Number of sausages projected to be sold this season at Miller Park in Milwaukee -- the only stadium in Major League Baseball where sausages outsell hot dogs and home to the world-famous Klement's Sausage Race in the sixth inning of each game: 900,000

Source: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Since the release of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate in late April, percentage of Americans who now say he was definitely born in the United States -- up from 38 percent before its release, according to a Gallup Poll: 47

Percentage who still say he was probably or definitely born in another country: 13

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of Americans who say that as America faces increasing global competition, U.S. schools are not focused enough on providing entrepreneurial skills, according to the Zogby/463 poll commissioned by Cogswell College: 66

Percentage who said that launching a business while still in college will make students more successful in creating jobs and opportunities after graduation: 76

Percentage of Americans who currently think that college is where students become entrepreneurs: 5

Source: Cogswell College.

Percentage of global consumers who believe that financial institutions don't care about the customer, according to the Consumer Financial Monitor by Corporate Executive Board: 50

Percentage of global consumers who believe institutions don't share the values of their customers: 51

Source: Corporate Executive Board.

Nationwide last year, number of postal employees who were attacked by dogs, according to the U.S. Postal Service: 5,669

Estimated cost to the U.S. Postal Service in medical expenses from dog attacks last year: $1.2 million

Source: U.S. Postal Service.

Idle Thought

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." -- Greek proverb

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)