Thursday Numbers

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ― Jimi Hendrix

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include unemployment claims, Cooney fundraising, USA coronavirus deaths, 2020 Census, Romano’s fundraising, voting, Trump’s disapproval rating, register to vote, a new record for Trump, World Series, and much more!


In the week ending September 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 860,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 9,000 from 884,000 to
893,000. The 4-week moving average was 912,000, a decrease of 61,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 2,250 from 970,750 to 973,000. (DOL)


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney reported Wednesday that he raised $670,000 for his campaign in the last month, pushing his total take to nearly $2.5 million, as his race against Republican Greg Gianforte enters its final weeks. (MTN News)

Gianforte is probably laughing at Cooney’s haul. Gianforte is the second-richest member of Congress.


That’s how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 196,831 deaths and 6,631,568 cases across the country so far. The first death in the US was reported on February 29. (John Hopkins)

Last Thursday there were 190,885 deaths.


In the race for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Democrat Melissa Romano handily shattered the 30-day fundraising record for the State Superintendent race ahead of Tuesday’s finance deadline, bringing in more than $55,000 in only one month. Romano set the previous record in the last fundraising period, with a $37,000 haul in just 30-days. (Romano Press)



A recent review of Montana’s voter registration system found that there were nearly 500 deceased people still on the voter rolls, but no evidence that any of them had voted, according to legislative auditors. (AP)

There goes that conspiracy…


That’s Montana’s overall response rate for the 2020 Census. The self-response was 59.2%. The non-response follow-up enumerated 26.8% for a total of 86.1% enumerated. (Census)

Fill out your Census forms, people!


That is President Donald Trump’s disapproval rating according to the FiveThirtyEight blog. His approval rating is just 43.1%. (FiveThirtyEight)

Last week his disapproval rating was 53.2%.


There are just 48 days until the November 3 election. Are you registered to vote? Click HERE to register.

With all the negative commercials airing in Montana, people must think all we have running for office are a bunch of crooks and liars…


Gallup Polling is reporting that as the election for president moves into its post-Labor Day phase, President Donald Trump is maintaining a 42% job approval rating — unchanged from where he stood in Gallup’s August poll, completed before the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and similar to his July reading. (Gallup)

Gallup also reports that at 42%, Trump’s latest job approval rating continues to lag behind ratings of his recent predecessors who were successful at winning a second term; it still runs slightly ahead of the approval ratings for unsuccessful incumbents.


In what may be a new record for President Donald Trump, he made four false claims in one sentence of a tweet on Saturday. (CNN)

Liar, liar, pants on fire…


The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, and Major League Baseball hopes fans can attend. This will be the first World Series played entirely at one site since 1944, when the Cardinals beat the Browns 4-2 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, where both teams shared the field. (AP)

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Regarding the coronavirus deaths number, which will be well in excess of 200,000 by election day, Trump was quoted from March 29:

    “So if we can hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000, it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job.”

    There you have it in his own words. 200,000 is the upper limit of “very good job”. So at anything over he’s failed to do a “very good job”, by his own stated measure.

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