Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 20, 2020

Percentage of job applicants who gave false reasons for leaving a prior job, according to a survey of applicants, hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters by Checkster: 46

Percentage who used a director title when their actual title was manager: 41

Percentage who claimed to have a degree from a prestigious university instead of their actual institution: 39

According to hiring managers, rank of faking references on the list of the worst things a job applicant could do in the hiring process: 1

Source: Checkster.

Even before COVID-19 hit the United States, percentage of Americans who were extremely or quite concerned about catching the flu, compared to just 32% who felt that way four years ago, according to the Bradley Corp.'s Healthy Hand-Washing Survey: 60

Percentage of Americans who said news coverage of cold and flu outbreaks has an impact on their hand-washing behavior: 50

Source: Bradley Corp.

Percentage of dating Americans who have borrowed money for a date, according to a LendingTree study: 19

Percentage of those surveyed who think it's more expensive to be in a couple than it is to be single: 75

Percentage who currently have dating-related debt: 10

Source: LendingTree.

Ranks of paying off credit card debt, buying a car, paying off other debt, buying a house, getting a raise or promotion at work, and increasing retirement savings on the list of respondents' biggest financial accomplishment from the last decade, according to a survey from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Percentage of mortgage holders who do not know the interest rate on their current residence, according to a study: 27

Percentage of homeowners who never plan to move from their current home: 56

Percentage who say they are at least somewhat likely to renovate or remodel their current home during that time: 63

Of those likely to upgrade their current home, percentage who plan to turn to credit cards: 10


Value of a single lost tooth last year, according to Delta Dental's annual Tooth Fairy Poll: $3.70

Value shown in this year's survey, an increase of nearly 9%: $4.03

Source: Delta Dental.

Ranks of friendly competitions, themed breaks or potlucks, and wearing team apparel on the list of the most impactful activities among workers who reported a boost in spirits, according to research by research by Robert Half: 1, 2, 3

In a separate survey of professionals, average number of minutes per day that respondents said they spend discussing nonwork topics with colleagues: 34.25

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of Americans who received a tax refund last year (median amount being $2,154), according to a survey from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank: 74

Percentage who saved some or all of it: 67

Percentage who paid credit card bills: 25

Source: Commonwealth Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who say they were concerned about the cost of running their heater or air conditioner, according to a survey by Vivint Solar: 32

Percentage who reported that they were worried about the environmental impact of the energy used to heat and cool their homes: 14

Source: Vivint Solar.

Percentage of individuals who have sex with their partner weekly who are happy, according to a report commissioned by eharmony: 86

Percentage of couples who have sex monthly who say the same: 78

Percentage who have sex a few times per year who say the same: 66

Source: eharmony.

Idle Thought

"You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it." -- Tennessee Williams

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