Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 31, 2014

Of the nearly 16,570 new stores that opened between 2007 and 2013, percentage that were dollar stores, according to Nielsen Report: 36

Percentage that were convenience stores: 32

Percentage that were drugstores: 21

Source: Nielsen Analytics.

In 1997, percentage of the workforce over age 25 that was accounted for by workers ages 25 to 54, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute: 83.9

In 2012, percentage of the workforce over age 25 that was accounted for by workers ages 25 to 54: 73.8

In 1997, percentage of the workforce accounted for by workers ages 55 to 64: 12

Percentage of the workforce accounted for by workers ages 55 to 64 in 2012: 19.2

Source: EBRI.

After the tears go away, percentage of parents who are just as ready as their kids are to start a new chapter in life once their kids leave the house, according to a RetailMeNot survey: 74

Ranks of traveling, spending time with friends and pampering themselves on the list of changes parents say they will make: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of parents who would turn their kids' bedrooms into something else, like a gym or office, when they leave the house: 13

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of Americans who agree that relaxation is essential for their overall health and well-being, according to results from a survey by Princess Cruises: 99

On average, number of hours per day Americans spend unwinding: 1

Percentage of respondents who frequently feel guilty about relaxing: 38

Percentage who feel stressed out by the mere thought of trying to relax: 28

Source: Princess Cruises.

Percentage of all American men who look at pornography at least monthly, according to a survey by Proven Men Ministries and conducted by Barna Group: 64

Percentage of men between the ages of 18 and 30 who view pornography at least monthly: 79

Percentage of men of all ages who think they might be addicted to pornography or are unsure if they are addicted: 18

Source: Proven Men Ministries Ltd.

Percentage of students at 37 Laureate network institutions who believe that the university of the future will provide content free online for most courses, according to a survey by Laureate Education Inc., and conducted by Zogby Analytics: 43

Percentage of the respondents who believe that most courses will be offered at all times of the day or night: 52

Source: Laureate Education Inc.

Associated with the return to classrooms by our nation's students and teachers, estimated amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2013, according to the Census Bureau: $2.6 billion

Estimated amount spent at bookstores in August 2013: $1.6 billion

Source: Census Bureau.

Estimated number of jobs that temporary help services have added so far in 2014 -- and more than 200,000 year over year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: 100,000

Percentage of senior managers who said that when it comes to evaluating someone's work background, a long period of consistent temporary assignments is comparable to full-time employment, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 51

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of Americans who say they are spending more today than they were a year ago, according to a Gallup poll: 45

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of U.S. teenagers ages 13 to 17 who believe that with the legalization of marijuana, teenagers may be more likely to experiment with the drug, according to a study commissioned by Rosecrance and conducted by Wakefield Research: 76

Percentage of teenagers who believe having easier access to marijuana may accelerate teens in trying other drugs: 73

Source: Rosecrance.

Idle Thought

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