Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 16, 2012

Of the 56 million elementary and high school students enrolled this fall, percentage who will attend private schools, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 11

Estimated number of private schools across the nation: 34,000

Estimated number of public schools: 99,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of working adults who are willing to give up some percentage of their salary for more flexibility at work, according to findings from a survey conducted on behalf of Mom Corps: 45

Average percentage of their salary that working adults are willing to relinquish -- significantly higher than the amount noted in last year's survey (5.8 percent): 8.6

Source: Mom Corps.

Ranks of software developers, systems software; physical therapists and assistants; software developers, applications; market research analysts/data miners; cost estimators and database developers on the list of the top 10 hot careers for 2012, according to a research team at the University of California San Diego: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: University of California San Diego Extension.

Percentage of counseling professionals who agree that wives should prioritize their husbands over their kids, according to a survey by YourTango.com: 50

Percentage of experts who say working parents should share parenting duties equally: 96

Contrary to common "wisdom," percentage of experts who disagree with the assertion that couples without kids are happier than couples with kids: 78

Source: YourTango.com.

Percentage of working Americans who said they remain with their current employers because of benefits, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association: 60

Percentage who reported staying because of the pay: 59

Percentage of respondents who said they choose to stay because their jobs fit well with the other aspects of their lives: 67

Source: APA.

Mile for mile, number of times higher the crash rate is for drivers ages 16 and 17 than for middle-aged drivers, according to a special report by Consumer Reports: 9

Mile for mile, number of times higher the fatal crash rate is for drivers 80 and older than for middle-aged drivers: 5.5

Source: Consumer Reports.

Among adults who have children of driving age, percentage who said that they had to buy their own first car vs. 14 percent who said that their parents purchased it for them, according to a survey conducted by AutoTrader.com: 53

Percentage of those same adults who bought their child's first car for them: 41

Percentage of their children who purchased their first car for themselves: 17

Source: AutoTrader.com.

Percentage of Americans who estimate they wash their hands for just five to 15 seconds, according to findings of the fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corp.: 57

Amount of time recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for hand washing -- with a suggestion to sing "Happy Birthday" twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs: 20 seconds

Source: Bradley Corp.

Number of new commercial airplanes -- valued at $670 billion -- that China will need over the next 20 years, according to Boeing: 5,260

Estimated percentage of the demand in China that will be for growth instead of replacement: 75

Estimated annual percentage increase Chinese carriers are expected to experience in international expansion over the next 20 years: 8.9

Source: Boeing.

Percentage of HR managers who said their company often conducts employment interviews via video, up from just 14 percent one year ago, according to an OfficeTeam survey: 63

Percentage of respondents who think their organization will use video more frequently to meet with applicants in the next three years: 13

Source: OfficeTeam.

Amount of money paid out by the long-term-care insurance industry in 2011 in claim benefits to over 200,000 individuals, according to an American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance study: $6.6 billion

Source: AALTCI.

Idle Thought

"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice." -- Ernest Hemingway

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