Figuratively Speaking for June 23, 2017

Percentage of Americans who say that knowing someone's credit score would have an impact on their interest in dating them, according to a study from 42

Of those respondents, percentage who say that credit score has a major impact: 13

Percentage who say it would be a minor influence on their decision to date a person: 29

Percentage of women who say credit score would have a major influence on dating a potential partner: 20

Percentage of men who say the same: 7


Percentage of global citizens who say their country does not prioritize the concerns of "people like me," according to Ipsos Global Trends 2017: 71

Percentage of U.S. citizens who say the same: 74

Percentage of global citizens who say they have a high level of trust in business, in general: 42

Percentage of Americans who agree: 46

Source: Ipsos.

Amount that U.S. consumers repaid in credit card debt during the first quarter of 2017, according to WalletHub, basing their conclusions on a Federal Reserve report: $31.5 billion

Percentage improvement in this first-quarter paydown relative to the same quarter last year: 14

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of workers surveyed by OfficeTeam who said they prefer more relaxed dress codes: 56

Percentage who also admitted they're at least sometimes unsure about whether a piece of clothing is office-appropriate: 41

Percentage who would rather wear a uniform to work than think about their outfits: 48

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of Americans in fitness routines who still made health or fitness-related resolutions this year, according to a study conducted by Great Blue Research for Zoom: 56

Percentage who report feeling energized/happy during or after a workout: 91

Percentage who said they feel that way before a workout: 5

Source: Zoom.

Amount of money an average 65-year-old couple today will need to cover out-of-pocket health care expenses in retirement, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute: $265,000

Percentage of men over 65 who will require some form of long-term care, which is not covered by Medicare, according to a study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: 44

According to the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, average cost for an assisted living facility per year: $47,064

Approximate cost per year for around-the-clock care in a semiprivate room at a nursing home: $91,615

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of pet parents who say a pet-friendly workplace is important to them, according to a survey from Wellness Natural Pet Food: 41

Percentage of pet parents whose company allows them to bring their pet to work on Wellness' annual Take Your Dog to Work Day: 56

Percentage of pet parents whose office celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day who said they do not have official "petiquette rules" in place: 53

Source: Well Pet.

Percentage of the college students who have identified a career to pursue who feel prepared for the workforce, according to a McGraw-Hill survey: 33

Percentage who have identified a career, but do not feel prepared for the workforce: 15

Percentage of students who have identified a career to pursue: 76

Percentage who anticipate having a job within one year of graduation: 71

Source: McGraw-Hill Education.

Ranks of accomplished, productive and motivated on the list of ways employees say working in small businesses make them feel, according to Ipsos Global Trends 2017: 1, 2, 3

Although small businesses are fostering happy workplaces, percentage of workers who say that an improvement in their benefits offerings would make them happier: 72

Source: Aflac Inc.

Percentage of working Americans who believe that companies that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those that do not, according to a survey by Deloitte: 89

Percentage of respondents who say that volunteer activities are more likely to boost employee morale than company-sponsored happy hours: 70

Source: Deloitte.

Idle Thought

"Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason." -- Henry Fielding, author

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