Thursday Numbers

I told my wife how thankful I was to have someone I enjoyed being quarantined with. She said, “Must be nice.” – Unknown

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

This week’s topics include unemployment, coronavirus deaths, American bald eagles, Montanans fully immunized, voter registration on Election Day, Mask Up, Rachel Levine, TWW Poll results, Claudia Conway, Biden press conference, and much more!


In the week ending March 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 684,000, a decrease of 97,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 11,000 from 770,000 to
781,000. The 4-week moving average was 736,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 2,750 from 746,250 to 749,000. (DOL)

*Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.


That is 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 545,282 deaths and 30,011,550 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29, 2020. (Johns Hopkins)

Last week the death total was 538,093.


The number of American bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, with more than 300,000 birds soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said in a report Wednesday. (AP)

Good job!


That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. (SOURCE)

Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 144,152.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s estimated population in July 2019 was 1,068,778.

That is just a small percentage of Montanans who are fully immunized. We should all be wearing masks until we have a higher percentage of fully immunized Montanans.


In the 2016 general election, about 12,000 Montana voters registered on Election Day. (MTN News)

The Republicans in the Montana Legislature want to do away with voter registration on Election Day, which is nothing more than voter suppression.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of American Adults say people should be required to wear masks to protect against COVID-19 until everyone is vaccinated against the coronavirus. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree and 10% are not sure. (Rasmussen)


The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to approve President Joe Biden’s choice of Rachel Levine to become assistant U.S. health secretary, the first openly transgender person to be confirmed by the chamber. Despite strong opposition from Republicans, Levine was confirmed on a vote of 52-48. (Reuters)

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) voted YEA. U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) voted NAY. (Source)


Here are the results from the latest poll from The Western Word that asked if you unfriend deceased friends on social media.

NO: 46%
Depends: 31%
YES: 23%

Thanks to all who participated!


Kellyanne Conway’s 16-year-old daughter, Claudia Conway, was eliminated from ‘American Idol’ on Monday night by judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, following the duets round. (Yahoo)

I am heartbroken…


President Joe Biden will be giving his first press conference as president on Thursday, March 25, at 1:15 p.m. ET. While Mr. Biden has periodically taken questions from reporters, he has not yet had a full press conference since taking office. (CBS News)



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Jackie, I didn’t get around to commenting on our tone deaf Governor Gianforte yesterday getting a warning instead of ticket like you and I would of received from a Montana Fish and Game Warden for breaking the law.(my excuse struggling with Federal Tax forms). Today I decided to see how many leading stories there were in national press , cable and tv stations concerning jackass Gianforte shooting a trapped wolf. Montana Fish and Game makes a big issue out of confiscating game animals taken illegally or when the law has been broken. So why was Governor Gianforte allowed to keep any of this wolf carcass. I counted 41 stories then stopped in every major city newspaper in the U.S. , in Canada and the United Kingdom about “sportsman” Wolf hunter Gianforte Governor of Montana. What really is disturbing is this happened a month ago before coming to light in Boise, Idaho. I guess Lee Newspapers couldn’t be bothered by such minor issue since he didn’t beat up a reporter but I bet he wishes he could get his hands on that Boise newspaper person. I question why Fish and Game hid
    this so long guess someone feared for their job no doubt.

    • Dennis – great questions. Gianforte seems to be made out of Teflon. Nothing sticks. Thanks, JmB

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