Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 05, 2021

Number of times that men are more likely than women to think a Valentine's Day gift is worth going into credit card debt, according to a survey by Wallethub: 2

Percentage of people who wouldn't marry someone with bad credit: 47

Percentage who would break up with their significant other if he or she spent irresponsibly: 47

Source: WalletHub.

Unemployment rate in the hotel industry, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association: 18.9

Projected occupancy rate for rooms in 2021: 50

Percentage by which business travel bookings are expected to be down in 2021 vs. 2019: 85

Source: American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Percentage of Americans who say being your own boss is something everyone dreams of, according to a survey conducted by Regina Corso Consulting: 25

Percentage who are making plans to do so: 13

Percentage who have thought about it: 18

Source: Regina Corso Consulting.

Percentage of restaurants and bars that say they couldn't pay all or some of their rent in January 2021, according to a survey by Alignable: 57

Percentage of yoga studios that couldn't pay the rent: 46

Percentage of retailers: 44

Source: Alignable.

Percentage of full-time employees in the U.S. who are seeking new jobs in 2021, according to a study published by CareerArc: 61

Percentage of companies that believe at least 1 in 5 in their workforce is currently looking for a new job at other companies: 39

Source: CareerArc.

With thousands more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out every day, percentage of Americans who say they'll go to restaurants as much as or more than they did before the pandemic, once coronavirus restrictions are lifted and they again feel safe, according to data from the Ipsos Coronavirus Consumer Tracker: 77

Percentage who say they'll go to shopping centers or malls as much as or more than they did before the pandemic: 72

Percentage of respondents who now say they want the vaccine as soon as it's available, up from 33% a month ago and only 13% in September: 49

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of U.S. adults who plan to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, spending a total of $21.8 billion, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation: 52

Percentage of the consumers celebrating Valentine's Day this year who feel it is important to do so given the current state of the pandemic: 73

Percentage who plan to gift their loved one with an evening out, the lowest in the survey's history: 24

Percentage who say they will plan a special dinner or celebration in the comfort of their own home: 41

Source: NRF.

Estimated percentage of Americans who did not make a large purchase last year due to COVID-19, according to a survey by WalletHub: 42

Number of Americans who fear maxing out their credit cards on large purchases: 91 million

When defining a "large purchase," percentage of respondents who indicated it is any purchase over $100: 30

Over $250: 28

Over $500: 24

Over $1,000: 18

Source: WalletHub.

Of reporters and editors who now depend on social media sources when researching their stories, percentage who said they turn to blogs for story research, according to a survey conducted by Cision and Don Bates of George Washington University's masters degree program in strategic public relations: 89

Percentage who turn to social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn: 65

Percentage who use microblogging services such as Twitter: 52

Percentage who use Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia: 61

Source: Cision.

Amid the pandemic, economic uncertainty and social turmoil, percentage of nonprofit employees who say that their employer cut costs last year, with 49% expecting further cuts in 2021, according to research by Eagle Hill Consulting: 58

Percentage of employees who say that nonprofit leaders have implemented significant changes to their organizations' goals and activities: 54

Source: Eagle Hill Consulting.

Idle Thought

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for." -- Joseph Addison, writer (1672-1719)

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