Thursday Numbers

I accidentally wore a red shirt to Target today and, long story short, I’m covering for Debbie this weekend. –Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include NorthWestern Energy, unauthorized immigrants, General Motors, unemployment, Nancy Pelosi, most charitable states, Montana highway deaths, College Football Playoff Rankings, and much more!


The Associated Press is reporting that NorthWestern Energy customers will soon be seeing a credit on their bills due to the utility’s savings under the federal tax cut enacted last December. The Montana Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved an agreement reached between NorthWestern and consumer groups that calls for a total one-time credit of $20.5 million.

NorthWestern estimates average customers will receive a credit of $24 on their power bills and $3.50 on their natural gas bills within the next 30 days.



According to a new report from Pew Research, there were an estimated 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007.

Looks like the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the USA is going down – without a wall being completed…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


General Motors announced this week that it was cutting 14,700 jobs in North America — including several thousand in Ohio and Michigan. That’s on top of thousands of jobs the company had already trimmed over the past two years. (NBC News)

Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum are not helping.

By the way, I knew General Motors when he was just a lieutenant…


Nancy Pelosi won the Democratic nomination for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in January by a vote of 203-32. The big test will come in January when the whole U.S. House will vote for Speaker. She will need about 218 votes to claim the job as Democrats take control of the House in January after their gains in the Nov. 6 congressional elections. (Reuters)

Pelosi is 78 years old and she has been in the U.S. House since 1987.


According to a study from WalletHub, Montana is the 44th most charitable state. In order to determine the most philanthropic states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across two key dimensions, “Volunteering & Service” and “Charitable Giving.”

Stingy bastards…


That is how many people died on Montana highways over the five-day stretch during Thanksgiving week. That was nearly twice the number for any major holiday period since at least 2010. (Missoulian)

Buckle up and please don’t drink and drive.


The top four teams in the College Football Playoff Rankings are #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, and #4 Georgia. There’s just one more week and then the top four teams will be chosen to play for the National Championship. (ESPN)

Alabama (12-0) and Georgia (11-1) play each other on Saturday for the SEC Championship. I think if Georgia wins, both teams will end up in the final four.

Clemson (12-0) will play Pittsburgh (7-5) for the ACC Championship Saturday.

Notre Dame is idle this week. Notre Dame is probably the weakest of the top four, IMHO.

If any of the top teams falter, #5 Oklahoma (11-1) and #6 Ohio State (11-1) look to move up if they win their conference championship games on Saturday. The University of Central Florida (UCF) is 11-0 and is ranked #8.

Congrats to the University of Missouri (8-4)! Mizzou is ranked #24.



1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Billions: of dollars in tariffs that Trump is bragging about collecting from China are actually billions of dollars that US citizens are paying out of their pockets buying Chinese products at WalMart etc


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