Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 26, 2014

Percentage of post-recession growth that has been captured by the richest 1 percent of Americans, according to an analysis of 2014's richest and poorest states by WalletHub: 95

Ranks of The District of Columbia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts on the list of the country's richest states: 1 (tie), 3 (tie), 5

Ranks of Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina and New Mexico on the list of the country's poorest states: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: WalletHub.

When workers were asked how they would rate their boss's leadership skills, percentage who said they were very strong, according to a survey developed by OfficeTeam: 44

Percentage of workers who believe they couldn't do a better job than their manager: 67

Source: OfficeTeam.

Ranks of Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day on the list of the most popular holidays among 15- to 25-year-olds, according to a survey conducted by ooVoo: 1, 2, 3

Source: ooVoo LLC.

Number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. where one could possibly enjoy a horrorfest this Halloween, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 4,540

Ranks of California, Texas, New York and Florida on the list of states that have the most movie theaters: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who said they are most likely to have a "hangry attack" (the feeling that comes from having hunger to the point of being angry) at work, according to a Jack Link's commissioned survey: 43.1

Percentage who said midafternoon is the time it is most likely to strike: 34.8

Source: jacklinks.com.

Though a majority of Class of 2014 college graduates are currently working, percentage of that group who are in jobs that don't require a degree (includes 45 percent of four-year degree graduates and 57 percent of associate degree graduates), according to a CareerBuilder survey: 51

Percentage of 2014 college graduates who are in full-time, permanent positions (49 percent, four-year; 25 percent, associate): 36

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of CFOs who said they contend with at least one unexpected crisis a week, according to an Accountemps survey: 36

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of American moms who say they are at least "somewhat" stressed, according to a survey of moms ages 18 years of age and older conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of the Clinton Foundation: 67

Percentage of single moms who are likely to report that they are at least "somewhat" stressed, compared to 64 percent for moms who are married/cohabiting: 78

Percentage of moms with a household income below $50,000 who report being at least "somewhat" stressed, compared to 63 percent for moms with a household income of $50,000 or over: 73

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of women executives from across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific who have participated in sports, according to research released by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW: 94

Percentage of these women who agree that a background in sports can help accelerate a woman's leadership and career potential: 74

Source: Ernst & Young.

Among U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and frontline travel agents who book luxury travel, percentage who stated that luxury hotel bookings have "increased or remained steady" compared to 2013, according to a survey by Travel Leaders Group: 90

Source: Travel Leaders.

Idle Thought

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within." -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (1926-2004)

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