Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 14, 2017

Percentage of finance employees surveyed who indicated they are likely to leave their job within a year's time frame, according to the results of a study by Russell Reynolds Associates and the Toigo Foundation: 50

Ranks of work/life balance, office location and vacation/sick/paid time off on the list of motivations employees had for looking at new employment: 1, 2, 3

Source: Russell Reynolds Associates.

Percentage of sit-down restaurantgoers who, at least occasionally, don't leave any gratuity at all, according to a survey by 20

Of those who tip restaurant servers, median percentage tip left by men: 20

Median percentage tip left by women: 16


Whether we call them frankfurters or just plain hot dogs, estimated number consumed by Americans during the summer months -- grilled, microwaved or boiled -- according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 7 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Germany on the list of the "best countries to be an immigrant," according to an analysis from U.S. News & World Report: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Rank of the United States on the list: 7

Rank of the U.K.: 17

Source: U.S. News & World Report.

Percentage of sellers' agents who say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, according to the National Association of Realtors: 62

Ranks of the living room, the master bedroom, the kitchen and the yard/outdoor space on the list of the most important areas in a home to stage: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: National Association of Realtors.

Estimated number of people globally who are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington: 2.2 billion

Estimated percentage of the world's population this represents: 33

Rank of the United States on the list of countries with the highest rates of child and young adult obesity (13 percent): 1

Rank of Egypt's adult obesity rate (35 percent) among the 195 countries and territories included in the study: 1

Source: Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington.

Percentage of Gen Z youths (ages 13 to 17) who are saving their money, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of TransUnion: 83

Among those who have a savings account, percentage who report currently having a balance of less than $500, including nearly a quarter (23 percent) who have less than $250: 43

Percentage of teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 who have more than $1,000 saved up: 31

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Adhering to the "20/4/10" rule (a 20 percent down payment, a four-year loan and principal/interest/insurance payments comprising 10 percent of a household's gross income), number of cities in the U.S. where a median-income household can afford the average-priced new car, according to a new report: 1

Ranks of Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Boston on the list of the top metros for car affordability: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach, Detroit, and Tampa on the list of the worst five metros for car affordability: 1, 2, 3


Percentage of Americans who voted Babe Ruth the greatest baseball player of all time, according to a survey conducted by KRC Research for DraftKings: 48

Ranks of Jackie Robinson (5 percent), Mickey Mantle (5 percent), Derek Jeter (4 percent), Hank Aaron (4 percent) and Willie Mayes (4 percent): 1(tie), 3 (tie)

Source: KRC Research.

Percentage of workers who plan to change jobs in the second half of the year,according to CareerBuilder's 2017 Midyear Job Forecast: 27

Percentage of employers who plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, up from 50 percent last year: 60

Percentage of employers who plan to hire part-time, permanent employees, up from 29 percent last year: 36


Idle Thought

"When you re-read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before." -- Clifton Fadiman, critic

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