Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 09, 2020

Percentage of workers younger than 65 who are retired (while 8% of workers younger than 65 are semi-retired), according to the results from a new survey: 21.6

Percentage of those who retired or semi-retired before age 65 who started saving for retirement by age 40: 66.9

Of respondents 65 or older, percentage who are still working full- or part-time: 16.2


Of the 79% of small-business owners who suspended or reduced operations due to the pandemic, percentage who have since been able to completely resume operations, according to a survey by LendingTree: 13

Percentage who have been able to somewhat resume: 63

Percentage of small-business owners who said their gross revenue has decreased by 51% or more due to the pandemic: 43

Source: LendingTree.

Percentage of consumers who say the virus is impacting their Halloween celebration plans, with overall participation down to 58%, according to a National Retail Federation survey: 75

Projected consumer spending, down slightly from $8.78 billion in 2019, due to the drop in participation: $8.05 million

Source: NRF.

Percentage of businesses that have cut workers since the start of the pandemic, according to a PNC survey: almost 40

Of those, percentage who say the decrease is considered temporary or a furlough: 87

Percentage of the businesses who had temporary layoffs or furloughs who have begun rehiring: 58

Source: PNC Financial Services Group.

Percentage of registered drivers ages 25 and older across the country who said they are "very willing" to wear a mask in public, according to a survey by the National Safety Council and Truce Software: 76

Percentage who said they are "very willing" to obey a state law preventing cellphone use: 62

Percentage of drivers who said they would need to be involved in a near-miss -- and 59% said they would have to be involved in a fatal crash -- to be dissuaded from using technology while driving: 61

Source: National Safety Council.

This fall, percentage of students who traded their classrooms for their bedrooms to attend school virtually, according to research by Clutch: 62

Ranks of computers (27%), internet services (23%), webcams (21%) and microphones (16%) in place of pencils and notebooks this year on the list of added expenses these students face: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of students who used educational learning apps in the past year to supplement their education and this will assume a larger role in education as online learning persists: 95

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of Americans who rate their own personal health insurance coverage as "excellent" or "good," according to the results of a survey: 64

Percentage of employed Americans who said they were reluctant to switch jobs and sacrifice their current health insurance: 38

Percentage who say they or close family or friends have lost their health insurance during the pandemic: 25


Percentage of senior managers in the U.S. who said their organization has hired full-time or temporary staff remotely since the pandemic began, according to a survey by Robert Half: 53

Of managers who hired, percentage who conducted remote interviews and onboarding sessions: 75

Percentage who advertised fully remote jobs: 61

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of women who are now considering leaving the workforce or downshifting their careers due to COVID-19, according to a report by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org: 25

Percentage of companies that now say more jobs can be performed remotely: 93

Percentage that predict a significant share of their employees will work remotely a year from now: 67

Percentage of employees who say they want to continue to work from home more often than they did before COVID-19: 77

Source: LeanIn.Org.

Percentage of Americans who have at least one smart home device, according to research by LendingTree: 65

Ranks of speakers, thermostats and lighting on the list of the most popular smart home devices: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of men who have a smart home device versus 49% of women: 82


Idle thought

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." -- Steve Biko, anti-apartheid activist

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