Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For December 06, 2015

Year that a day was set aside to provide people with the opportunity to give back to their communities when New York City's 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started Giving Tuesday to create a global day of giving, according to The Harris Poll: 2012

Held the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- three years after its creation, percentage of Americans who say they've never heard of it: 87

After hearing about it, percentage of Americans who say this day represents what the holiday season should be about: 75

Source: The Harris Poll.

Of American households in the top 10 percent of family income earners (more than $120,000 per year), ranks of jewelry/watches, travel/vacation, fashion and personal electronics as their top luxury gifts this holiday season, according to a survey by YouGov and Time Inc.: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of professionals who say they feel guilty about online shopping during work hours, according to a survey by Robert Half Technology: 30

Percentage who believe their co-workers are not pulling their weight when they shop on company time: 28

Percentage who say they have been caught by the boss while shopping online: 24

Source: Robert Half.

Ranks of Mexico, China and India as the largest sources of immigrants to the United States between 1965 and 2015, according to Pew Hispanic Center: 1, 2, 3

Number of times more immigrants that there were from Mexico than from China and India combined during that period: 2.8

Source: Pew Hispanic Center.

Estimated value of shipments of candles by U.S. manufacturers, many of which are lit during Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations: $1.68 billion

Number of pieces of mail the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve -- with the busiest mailing day set for Dec. 16, and Dec. 18 as the busiest delivery day: 15 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

In today's flat organizational structures, average number of extra years that employees spend at each job level than they did in 2010, according to CEB: 3

Percentage of employees who have become dissatisfied with future career opportunities caused by this stalled progression: 70

Source: CEB.

Of Americans who bake cookies, percentage who bake cookies during the holidays, according to a survey commissioned by Fleischmann's Yeast and Karo Syrup brands: 93

Percentage who bake three or more batches: 61

Source: MSL Group.

Percentage of American teens aged 13 to 17 who have ever dated, according to Pew Internet and American Life project: 35

Percentage of teens who have dated who met a romantic partner online: 24

Percentage of teens who started a friendship online: 57

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Percentage of people who say they trust ads on social media, according to a Nielsen Global survey: 46

Percentage of people who say they trust emails that they signed up for: 56

Percentage of people who say they trust branded websites: 70

Percentage who say they trust the opinions of friends and family: 83

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of American companies that have hired a veteran in the last year, according to CareerBuilder.com: 47

Percentage of veterans who say they were underemployed or were in a low-paying job: 31

Percentage who were taking advantage of a tuition credit granted under the G.I. Bill: 29

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Idle Thought

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." -- Oliver Goldsmith, writer and physician

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