Percentage of Americans who have lied to their partners about their finances, specifically their spending habits and amount of debt, according to a GoBankingRates survey: 22
Percentage of women who have lied to their partner about their spending habits, compared to men: 13 vs. 6
Percentage of high school juniors who believe a person should have a concrete career path in mind before they finish high school, according to a survey conducted for Junior Achievement USA and The Hartford: 44
Percentage of college sophomores who agree: 16
Source: Junior Achievement.
Percentage of IT decision-makers who said their trouble in bringing on technology talent is compensation, according to a Robert Half survey: 24
Percentage who say the hiring process is extremely slow and, therefore, they lose good candidates while deciding: 22
Source: Robert Half Technology.
Percentage of workers who cite positive word associations with "retirement," compared with only 37 percent who cite negative words, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies: 86
Despite the magnitude of preparations and challenges involved -- ranks of "freedom," "enjoyment" and "stress-free" on the list of words that workers most often associate with retirement: 1, 2, 3
Source: Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.
Percentage of U.S. drivers who take photos or videos when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road responding to a fire, a crash or simply making a routine traffic stop, according to a survey by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute: 71
Percentage who post to social media while behind the wheel: 60
Percentage who send an email about the situation while behind the wheel: 66
Source: National Safety Council.
Percentage of Americans who say they are overwhelmed every year when they do their taxes, according to a survey by Toluna on behalf of TaxSlayer: 50
Percentage who say tax season is stressful: 61
Source: TaxSlayer LLC.
Percentage of people who stated that receiving a handwritten note or greeting card made them feel loved and appreciated, according to a survey by Pilot Corporation of America: 90
Percentage who reported noticeably lower stress levels when engaging in writing-related activities such as journaling, letter-writing and list-making: 43
Source: Pilot Corporation of America.
Percentage of couples who invited pets to be part of their wedding party, according to findings from The Knot: 7
Percentage of brides who are opting to have men and women in their bridal party: 28
Percentage of grooms who are doing the same: 11
Source: The Knot.
Percentage of knowledge workers (defined as people whose main capital is knowledge, who think for a living and have access to technology for their day-to-day jobs) who are comfortable with reskilling in order to work alongside the digital workforce, according to a report from Blue Prism: 83
Percentage who say they're ready to take on a new job role: 78
Percentage of market and business decision-makers who believe that employees are afraid of losing their jobs to automation: 70
Percentage of knowledge workers who harbor fears about job loss to robotic process automation: 37
Source: Blue Prism.
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at email@example.com.)