Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 30, 2015

Rank of "The Bank of Mom and Dad" at 32 percent on the list of major sources of college funding, according to "How America Pays for College 2015," the national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos: 1

Ranks of scholarships and grants (30 percent), student borrowing (16 percent), student income and savings (11 percent), parent borrowing (6 percent) and contributions from relatives and friends (5 percent) on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of employees who plan to work longer than the current retirement age in their country, according to a 34-country survey by Randstad: 77

Percentage of employers who believe workers 55 and older are less productive than workers under 35, despite studies showing them to be as productive: 37

Percentage who believe there is more absenteeism among older workers, despite studies showing there is less absenteeism: 36

Source: Randstad.

Percentage of employers who say the No. 1 behavior that hurts an employee's chances for promotion is having a negative or pessimistic attitude, according to a survey by Weber Shandwick: 62

Ranks of regularly showing up to work late and using vulgar language: 2, 3

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of people who say they'd prefer to kiss their pet over their significant other, according to a Skout survey taken in honor of International Kissing Day: 19

Percentage of people say they'd prefer to kiss their pet rather than family or friends: 43

Source: Skout.

Percentage of Americans, who consider themselves to be "haves" in U.S. society, according to a Gallup Poll: 58

Percentage who put themselves in the "have-not" group: 38

Percentage of Americans who say they do not think of U.S. society as being divided into groups of haves and have-nots: 54

Source: Gallup Organization.

During the Labor Day weekend, percentage of consumers who plan on relaxing at home, according to a Retailmenot.com survey: 64

Defeating the purpose of the holiday, percentage of employed Americans who will spend Labor Day weekend catching up on work: 14

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

In 2013, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags, the vast majority of this amount ($3.9 million) for U.S. flags made in China, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: $4 million

Dollar value of trade in 2013 between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our seventh-leading trading partner today: $100 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of the U.S. population who are now listening to music online, according to Nielsen research: 79

Percentage of those who pay for streaming services, and are more likely to buy the album than free-streamers (6 percent): 14

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of Americans who say that the statement "I am concerned about the planet we are leaving behind for future generations" describes them completely or very well; according to the results of a Harris Poll: 44

Percentage of respondents who say the current focus on the environment in our society is not going far enough: 56

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of North American male senior executives who say they aspire to be a top leader of a large company some day, according to a survey of people working in large companies by Weber Shandwick: 22

Percentage of North American female senior executives who said the same: 9

According to the senior executives polled, the percentage of large companies with a female CEO: 23

Actual number that have a female CEO: 8

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Idle Thought

"Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time rich and cash poor." -- Cory Doctorow, author and journalist

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