Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 10, 2017

Percentage of Americans who have a college degree, according to a survey by 64

Of those with a college degree, percentage who don't think or are unsure if their college degree was worth the money: 39

Number of Americans who don't see the value in their college degree: 95 million

Of those who think their degrees weren't worth the money, percentage who say the reason is because they aren't using their degree: 49.6


Average number of minutes that workers spend commuting each day, according to a Robert Half survey: 49.10 minutes

Percentage of U.S. workers who say commutes are too long: 30

Ranks of Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago on the list of cities with the longest commutes: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Los Angeles, Miami and Austin, Texas, on the list of cities with the most stressful commutes: 1, 2, 3

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of young people who report they've exaggerated how happy or healthy their relationship is on social media, according to a Mary Kay survey: 59

Percentage of those experiencing digital dating abuse who are even more likely to hide behind this facade: 79

Percentage who said they would not tell a parent or guardian if they were experiencing digital or dating abuse: 60

Source: Mary Kay.

Percentage of Americans who say the future of the nation is a "very significant" or "somewhat significant" source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent), according to the American Psychological Association report: 63

Source: American Psychological Association.

Percentage of Americans who are more likely to buy a home in a community with trees than one without trees, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research: 58

Percentage of Americans who believe a picnic under a tree would be more romantic than dinner in a nice restaurant: 64

Source: Arbor Day Foundation.

Proposed percentage cut in the corporate income tax rate (down from 35 percent) put forth by U.S. congressional leaders, according to WalletHub's Corporate Tax Rate Report: 15

Ranks of General Electric (-5.1 percent overall tax rate), Exxon Mobile (-5.1 percent) and Dow Chemical (0.2 percent) on the list of companies paying the lowest taxes: 1 (tie), 3

Ranks of Caterpillar Inc. (138.1 percent overall tax rate), Kinder Morgan Inc. (56 percent) and Lowe's Cos (40.5 percent) on the list of companies paying the highest taxes: 1, 2, 3

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of people who admit to eating an entire bag of snack food in one sitting, according to a survey by Punchbowl Inc.: 70

Ranks of tortilla chips, potato chips, snack mix and pretzels on the list of the most popular snack foods: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Punchbowl Inc.

Projected expansion of the Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday weekend promotions, according to a survey by 2 weeks

Average amount that Americans plan to spend holiday shopping during the Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday weekend, up 47 percent from last year's average of $505: $743


Percentage of callers who say that being transferred when they reach customer service leads them to think they're talking to a call center, according to a new survey conducted by Clutch: 39

Percentage who say that poor voice quality is a sure sign a call center rep is on the other end of the line: 29

Percentage who can tell by the perceived use of a script: 28

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of professionals who say it is unlikely they would accept a job offer if they were treated poorly during the recruiting experience, even if they felt the role was a good fit, according to a survey of professionals conducted by Korn Ferry: 75

Percentage of respondents who say it is unlikely that they would remain a customer of a company if they had had a bad experience as a candidate: 56

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Idle Thought

"There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring." -- Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer

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