Percentage of working Americans who do not receive any type of paid vacation leave in their current positions, according to a survey by Kelton: 23
Percentage of respondents who say they can't even go one month of their daily routine before feeling like they need a vacation: 20
Percentage of working Americans who say they want or feel they need more allotted vacation days on top of the days already provided by their employer and, on average, would like an additional 17 paid vacation days: 90
Source: Kelton Research.
Percentage of consumers who say they are/were more worried about what to buy their mom for Mother's Day than what to buy their dad for Father's Day, according to a RetailMeNot Shoppers Trend Report: 67
Percentage of consumers who have forgotten to wish their mom a Happy Mother's Day in the past, let alone get them a gift: 16
When considering job candidates' qualifications beyond traditional accounting skills, percentage of CFOs who said they value general business knowledge most, according to an Accountemps survey: 33
Percentage of respondents who look for expertise in information technology: 25
Ranks of communication skills (14 percent), leadership abilities (13 percent) and customer-service orientation (13 percent) on the list of the most valued skills: 2, 3 (tie)
Estimated number of people in the U.S. who are of Asian heritage, approaching 6 percent of the total population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 18.2 million
Estimated number of people of Asian heritage who live in California, the largest number within this group: 5.8 million
Percentage of the total population of Hawaii who are of Asian descent: 57
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Average number of hours per week that women spend doing housework today, compared to the 25.7 hours spent weekly by their mothers in 1965, according to the American Time Use Survey of 2011 from the United States Department of Labor: 13.3
Source: United States Department of Labor.
Percentage of American adults who have delayed or will delay dental care due to the uncertain U.S. economy and their lingering fears about their current financial situation, according to a survey conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental: 36
Percentage of those who indicated that they knew that delaying dental care would cost them more in the long run: 80
Source: Aspen Dental.
Percentage of women who said that when they were pregnant with their first child, they expected their partner to buy them a gift on Mother's Day, according to a survey by Eric Mower & Associates: 60
Percentage of dads who disagreed: 60
Source: Eric Mower & Associates.
Percentage of do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) who report doing either the same amount or more of their own auto repairs and maintenance this year versus one year ago, according to the 2013 DIY Report from AutoMD.com: 90
Of those who reported that their financial situation has actually improved year over year, percentage who still choose to do their own repairs: 79
Percentage of DIYers who report 100,000 miles or more on their primary vehicle: 64
Despite the challenges facing them, percentage of small business owners who feel that their business is performing at expected levels so far in 2013, according to a survey from TD Bank: 60
Ranks of growing their business (51 percent), the economic environment (45 percent) and cash flow (34 percent) on the list of the top three challenges they face: 1, 2, 3
Source: TD Bank.
When it comes to daily routines for fashion and beauty, percentage of women ages 18 to 34 who spend time choosing their clothes, according to a John Frieda-commissioned report: 28
When a special occasion is on the calendar, percentage of women who said they spend significant time on their hair, with 49 percent spending more than 30 minutes: 61
Ranks of wedding (72 percent), job interview (68 percent) and a first date (37 percent) on the list of the top three events where hair matters most: 1, 2, 3
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." -- Albert Schweitzer
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)