Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 22, 2017

Percentage of Americans who said that debt is the No. 1 cause of financial stress, according to a survey by 23

Ranks of everyday costs, health care, taxes, housing and education on the list of causes of financial stress: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Rank of California on the list of states with the highest debt balance per person of any state, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York: 1


Percentage of HR managers who report having caught a lie on a resume, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 75

Among human resource managers, typically the gatekeepers for the actual hiring managers, percentage who said they spend less than a minute initially looking at a resume: 39

Percentage who said they spend less than 30 seconds: 19


Average combined amount that parents spend to feed a teenager from age 13 to 19, according to a national survey, conducted by Farm Rich: $51,790

Percentage of parents who say their teen is a "bottomless pit": 33

Source: Farm Rich.

Percentage of U.S. college seniors who want to work abroad, despite perceived global volatility, according to a survey by Cite Research for Graebel Companies Inc.: 81

Ranks of "experiencing new cultures," "personal growth" and "the chance to travel" on the list of reasons for working abroad: 1, 2, 3

Source: Graebel Companies Inc.

Percentage of Americans who agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day: 74

Despite morning being the most hectic part of the day -- between getting kids dressed and fed before starting their own day -- percentage of parents who agree that breakfast is a meal made at home: 54

Percentage more that households with children ages 6 to 12 spend on kids cereal annually than other U.S. households: 45

Source: Nielsen Insights.

Among working Americans, percentage who didn't use all the vacation time available to them, according to the results of a survey by Wakefield Research for Princess Cruises: 31

Source: Princess Cruises.

Percentage of Americans who think they should check their credit reports more than once per year, according to a WalletHub survey: 84

Percentage who actually do so: 41

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of millennial drivers who say they would rather go without social media for a week than face the prospect of losing access to a vehicle for an extended time, according to research released from Enterprise: 50

Percentage who would rather skip one meal a day: 39

Percentage who would rather lose an extra hour of sleep each day: 41

Source: Enterprise.

Percentage of professionals who feel at least somewhat confident in the ability of senior management to grow the business, provide sound financial stewardship and drive innovation, according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey: 81

Percentage who believe their organization's executives support staff members' growth: 78

Percentage who believe they can manage change effectively: 79

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of Gen Z respondents (ages 13 to 19) who believe they can have an impact on social and environmental issues by using social media, according to the Cone Gen Z CSR study "How to Speak Z": 81

Percentage who use social media to talk about issues they care about: 82

Percentage who are likely to share their positive opinion of companies addressing social and environmental issues: 87

Source: Cone Communications.

Idle Thought

"Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, philosopher

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