It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare. – Brackett, Halloween (1978)
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, humor, and bluntness.
This week’s topics include unemployment numbers, favorite Halloween song poll results, and lots of Spooky Stats for Halloween 2019 from WalletHub!
In the week ending October 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 212,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 4,000 from 214,000 to 218,000. (DOL.gov)
Thursday’s data is released at 6:30 a.m. Mountain time, well after this column is published. Click HERE to see Thursday’s unemployment data.
This week I asked readers in a poll, “What is your favorite Halloween song?” Here are the results:
- WEREWOLVES OF LONDON: 39%
- MONSTER MASH: 22%
- ADDAMS FAMILY THEME: 22%
- THRILLER: 11%
- GHOSTBUSTERS: 6%
- MUNSTERS THEME: 0%
Thanks to all who participated!
Since today is Halloween, here are some Halloween Facts and Figures from my friends at WalletHub!
Halloween Facts Infographic: Spooky Stats for 2019
After 23 years, Catherine Herridge is going from FOX Lies & Skews to CBS News. In part, she had this to say, “CBS News has always placed a premium on enterprise journalism and powerful investigations,” Herridge said in a statement. “I feel privileged to join a team where facts and storytelling will always matter.”
Doug – thanks. Good for Catherine. -JmB