Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 26, 2020

Percentage of Americans who have taken an overnight since March, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association: 18

Number of times worse this is than 9/11: 9

Chance that a hotel has laid off or furloughed employees: 8 in 10

Source: American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Percentage of Americans who linger in the car, the restroom or take an extended break to finish reading or watching something on a phone before returning to work, according to a survey by TRUCE Software: 57

Percentage who take work-related calls while driving to or from work: 51

Percentage who hide a phone while in a meeting to continue to check messages or text with a co-worker: 24

Source: TRUCE Software.

With national unemployment rates hovering around 13%, ranks of Nebraska, District of Columbia and Arizona as the states that had the biggest bounce back in employment, according to a study by WalletHub: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of North Carolina, Vermont and Delaware as the states that have had the slowest bounce back in employment: 1, 2, 3

Source: WalletHub.

When people feel sleepy, percentage of Americans who say it's generally because they're not sleeping well enough, as opposed to not having enough time to sleep, according to The National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America poll: 55

Number of hours of sleep the NSF recommends for adults aged 18-64: 7-9

Number of hours for older adults aged 65 and over: 7-8

Source: National Sleep Foundation.

Percentage of Americans who avoid smiling because they don't like their teeth, according to research by Weave: 50

Percentage of patients who have gone more than three years without getting their teeth checked: 53

Source: Weave.

Percentage of U.S. adults who intentionally reduced their general spending due to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the economy and stock market, according to a report: 52

Percentage of U.S. adults with retirement and/or investment accounts who intentionally did nothing with their stock-related investments (such as mutual funds or individual stocks) in response to recent stock market volatility: 66

Among high-income households ($80,000 or more), percentage who cut back due to the economy versus 44% of lower-income households (under $30,000): 53


Percentage of Americans who say they are/were willing to find ways to continue to patronize businesses, such as opting for delivery and pick-up, according to a survey by Fleishman-Hillard: 50

Percentage who said they are or will hold appointments by phone or online: 71

Percentage who will purchase or pay for things they can't currently use, like gift cards: 19

Source: Fleishman-Hillard.

Percentage of parents with kids under 12 who prefer to recycle and reuse products they no longer need rather than throw them away -- 21% higher than nonparents, according to findings by OfferUp from its 2020 Recommerce Report: Parents & Kids: 57

Percentage of parents who admit to throwing away brand-new, never-used items: 10

Number of new and gently used baby and kids' items that were discarded in 2019: 2.3 million

Source: OfferUp.

Ranks of fresh fruits and vegetables (84% saying they purchase), followed by fresh eggs (56%), fresh dairy (55%) and fresh meat (54%) on the list of the most commonly purchased organic product categories, according to a survey by Earthbound Farm: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of organic consumers who say they choose organic because it's healthier for themselves or their families: 75

Source: Earthbound Farm.

Idle Thought

"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree." -- Ezra Pound, poet

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