Figuratively Speaking for April 28, 2017

Estimated average time that workers age 16 and older across the country spend getting to work, according to research by the U.S. Census Bureau: 26.4 minutes

Percentage of the American workforce who ride a bicycle to work: 0.6

Estimated percentage who walk to work: 2.8

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of workers who report that employment-based health insurance is extremely or very important, according to "value of benefits" research by Employee Benefit Research Institute: 87

Percentage who said a retirement savings plan was important: 77

Percentage who cited a dental or vision plan: 72 percent

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of Americans who visit a local small business at least once a week, with 27 percent patronizing them twice a week, according to the 2017 Cox Business Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses: 92

Ranks of local support (67 percent), convenience (63 percent) and greater customer service than a large business (50 percent) on the list of reasons given for shopping and supporting small business: 1, 2, 3

Source: Cox Business.

Percentage of divorced Americnas who say the financial loss of a divorce has them going so far as to say they'll never marry again, according to a survey by Experian: 39

Of those who may consider tying the knot again at a later date, percentage who say good credit is an important quality for a potential spouse: 73

Percentage of respondents who regret not being more financially independent in their marriage: 59

Source: Experian Marketing Services.

Percentage of millennials who don't feel financially secure now, but expect to be in the future, according to a TD Ameritrade survey: 85

Percentage who are anxious about debt: 47

Source: TD Ameritrade.

Percentage of employees who believe political conversations among co-workers decrease their company's productivity, according to a survey by Clutch: 31

Percentage who say that in the past week they have felt "uncomfortable" amid political discussions at work: 12

Percentage of large companies (5,000 to 10,000 employees) that have some kind of office policy or guideline about politics in place: 67

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of wedding guests in the Northeast who indicate their typical gift for a close friend or family member is at least $200 in value, according to a survey by 30

Percentage of wedding guests in the Northeast who indicate they spend at least $100 for gifts given to colleagues, acquaintances and distant relatives: 46

Rank of cash or a check on the list of the most preferred gift of Northeastern and Midwestern gift-givers: 1

Rank of a physical gift off the registry as the most popular gift in the South and West: 1


Percentage of millennials who responded that an equity stake in the company is important to them when choosing where to work, according to a study conducted by Fit Small Business: 5

Percentage of millennials who chose having a mean boss as the top reason they would leave their job: 18

When asked how much a shorter commute would mean when considering a job change, percentage who answered that they don't care how long they have to travel: 43

Source: Fit Small Business.

Percentage of Americans who are losing sleep because of money, according to a report: 65

Percentage who worry most about health care or insurance bills: 38

Percentage who lie awake fretting about saving enough for retirement: 37


Percentage of American drivers who say they use the trash can at the fueling island to dispose of their trash from their cars, according to the results of a national consumer study on attitudes related to trash, conducted by National Association of Convenience Stores: 70

Percentage of convenience and fueling retailers who say that most of the trash in their trash cans at the fueling island is not generated from the store: 56

Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.

Idle Thought

"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." -- William Wordsworth, poet

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