Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 13, 2019

Percentage of workers who reported having the "Sunday Scaries" -- anxiety felt the night before the start of the workweek, according to a survey conducted by Accountemps, a Robert Half company: 39

Percentage of senior managers who believe their teams are experiencing some degree of burnout: 96

Percentage of workers who said they are at least somewhat burned out: 91

Source: Robert Half.

By the end of 2019, estimated number U.S. households that will have acquired a new dog during the year, according to a report by Packaged Facts: 7 million

Number of U.S. households that will have acquired a new cat over the same period of time: 5 million

Percentage of new dogs that are adopted from pet shelters or rescue sources: 34

Percentage of cats that are adopted from pet shelters or rescue sources: 30

Source: Packaged Facts.

Amount of money generated in spending for goods and services in 2018 by commercial and consumer credit, debit and prepaid cards issued in the U.S., according to the Nilson Report: $6.130 trillion

Commercial card spending: $1.393 trillion

Consumer card spending: $4.737 trillion

Visa's percentage share of all commercial card spending vs. American Express, Mastercard and Discover: 43.15

Source: The Nilson Report.

Percentage of respondents who identified as baby boomers who plan to depend on Social Security as their primary source of retirement income, compared to only 20% of millennials, according to a survey of millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers conducted for the American Advisors Group: 49

Percentage of millennial respondents who plan on using their personal savings as their primary source of retirement funding: 23

Source: American Advisors Group.

Percentage of Americans who grill at tailgating activities for sporting events, according to a consumer survey by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association: 11

Ranks of flavor, lifestyle, entertainment, convenience and health on the list of reasons why people grill: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

Ranks of washing the car, gardening, cleaning windows and vacuuming on the list of the most lucrative chores kids perform to earn their allowance money, according to a study by RoosterMoney: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of phones, LEGO sets, Nintendo Switch and dolls/figures on the list of the top 10 things kids are saving toward: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: RoosterMoney.

Percentage of vacation homeowners who use their vacation home once a year or less, according to a survey by Lending Tree: 37

Percentage who don't rent out their additional home at all: 41

Of those who decided to sell their additional home, percentage who said they did so primarily because they didn't use it often: 31

Percentage of vacation homeowners who report they vacationed in the area for one to three years before buying their home: 36

Source: Lending Tree.

Percentage of restaurant-goers who said they are likely to visit a restaurant's website before they dine in or order takeout or delivery, according to the results of a survey by MGH: 77

Of that group, percentage who have been discouraged from visiting a restaurant because of its website: 68

Percentage of respondents who said "not caring for the menu" was the main reason they were discouraged from visiting the restaurant: 65

Source: MGH.

Percentage of global consumers who would use a form of transportation with a lower carbon footprint than air travel even if it were less convenient or more expensive, according to a study conducted in 27 countries on behalf of the World Economic Forum: 14

Percentage who would do so if it were as convenient or no more expensive than flying: 29

Source: World Economic Forum.

Idle Thought

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." -- Linus Pauling, chemist, peace activist

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