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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