Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 12, 2019

Percentage of Americans who have lied to their partners about their finances, specifically their spending habits and amount of debt, according to a GoBankingRates survey: 22

Percentage of women who have lied to their partner about their spending habits, compared to men: 13 vs. 6


Percentage of high school juniors who believe a person should have a concrete career path in mind before they finish high school, according to a survey conducted for Junior Achievement USA and The Hartford: 44

Percentage of college sophomores who agree: 16

Source: Junior Achievement.

Percentage of IT decision-makers who said their trouble in bringing on technology talent is compensation, according to a Robert Half survey: 24

Percentage who say the hiring process is extremely slow and, therefore, they lose good candidates while deciding: 22

Source: Robert Half Technology.

Percentage of workers who cite positive word associations with "retirement," compared with only 37 percent who cite negative words, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies: 86

Despite the magnitude of preparations and challenges involved -- ranks of "freedom," "enjoyment" and "stress-free" on the list of words that workers most often associate with retirement: 1, 2, 3

Source: Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.

Percentage of U.S. drivers who take photos or videos when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road responding to a fire, a crash or simply making a routine traffic stop, according to a survey by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute: 71

Percentage who post to social media while behind the wheel: 60

Percentage who send an email about the situation while behind the wheel: 66

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of Americans who say they are overwhelmed every year when they do their taxes, according to a survey by Toluna on behalf of TaxSlayer: 50

Percentage who say tax season is stressful: 61

Source: TaxSlayer LLC.

Percentage of people who stated that receiving a handwritten note or greeting card made them feel loved and appreciated, according to a survey by Pilot Corporation of America: 90

Percentage who reported noticeably lower stress levels when engaging in writing-related activities such as journaling, letter-writing and list-making: 43

Source: Pilot Corporation of America.

Percentage of couples who invited pets to be part of their wedding party, according to findings from The Knot: 7

Percentage of brides who are opting to have men and women in their bridal party: 28

Percentage of grooms who are doing the same: 11

Source: The Knot.

Percentage of knowledge workers (defined as people whose main capital is knowledge, who think for a living and have access to technology for their day-to-day jobs) who are comfortable with reskilling in order to work alongside the digital workforce, according to a report from Blue Prism: 83

Percentage who say they're ready to take on a new job role: 78

Percentage of market and business decision-makers who believe that employees are afraid of losing their jobs to automation: 70

Percentage of knowledge workers who harbor fears about job loss to robotic process automation: 37

Source: Blue Prism.

Idle Thought

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat

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