Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 27, 2015

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics' JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) report for July 2015, total number of job openings in the United States, a record high since the Labor Department started tracking the data in December 2000: 5.75 million

Percentage of all employer-employee separations -- including layoffs, firings, etc. -- that involved an employee quitting, also known as the "take this job and shove it" indicator: 57.1

Highest percentage recorded since the end of the Great Recession, reported in January 2015: 57.5

Currently, average number of years workers spend at a job: 2.6

Source: Convergex.

Number of times their final annual pay at retirement (age 65) that the average worker will need to have saved to keep a pre-retirement lifestyle, according to Aon Hewitt's analysis of 77 large U.S. employers, representing 2.1 million employees: 11

According to the analysis, percentage of workers who are on track to meet or exceed their needs in retirement at age 65: 20

Source: Aon Hewitt.

Percentage of workers who admitted they've had an office bully, according to research from the staffing firm OfficeTeam: 35

Percentage of HR managers who said they think workplace bullying happens at least somewhat often at their company: 27

When employees were asked how they responded to a bully, percentage who stated they confronted the person: 32

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of American adults who have begun their holiday shopping, according to a new survey by CreditCards.com: 14

Percentage of Americans who said they plan to start shopping earlier this year compared to last year: 15

Percentage of all consumers -- or about 4.6 million people -- who have already finished their holiday shopping: 2

Source: Creditcards.com.

Percentage of respondents who say they're all for a quick kiss hello when greeting a friend, according to a Skout survey: 61

Percentage of men who kiss when saying hello: 64

Percentage of women who do the same: 56

Source: Skout.

Percentage of families who did not borrow any of the money they used to pay for college during the 2014-2015 academic year, according to the national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos: 62

Among those who did borrow, percentage of the responsibility for the funds borrowed that fell primarily to the student: 75

Percentage of students who worked during the year to help cover costs: 74

Source: Sallie Mae.

Date that USA Today began publishing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: Sept. 15, 1982

Date that The New York Times issued its first edition: Sept. 18, 1851

Month that the first newspaper in America was published in Boston, called "Public Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick," and lasting for one day before being shut down by British authorities unhappy with its content: September 1690

Today, estimated number of publishers of daily, weekly or other periodical newspapers in the U.S., employing over 231,000 people: 7,500

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

On average, total amount of money the typical American spent in 2013, the most recent year for which data was available, according to research by Credit Donkey: $51,100

Median household income in the United States in 2013, a steep drop from the $56,436 reported in 2007: $51,939

As of December 2014, personal savings rate in the U.S., compared to the 10.5 percent rate reported in December 2012: 4.9

Source: CreditDonkey.com.

Percentage of the top 10 fastest-growing degrees that are in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields, according to a the results of a CareerBuilder survey that looks at trends in college degrees over the past four years: 50

Percentage growth in science technologies/technicians: 49

Percentage growth in natural resources and conservation: 45

Percentage growth in parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies: 44

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of senior U.S. association executives who said their associations are outsourcing functions other than audit and legal services, according to a SmithBucklin Outsourced Services: 81

Ranks of graphic design/multimedia/video, editorial/publishing, advertising sales and membership technology on the list of services association executives considering outsourcing as an option to help achieve their organizations' goals: 1, 2(tie), 4

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Idle Thought

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -- Leo Tolstoy

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