Thursday Numbers

Quote for today….

Your energy introduces you before you even speak. – Unknown

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

This week’s topics include the Academy Awards, coronavirus deaths, unemployment, fully immunized Montanans, the NFL Draft, TWW poll results, William & Kate, Harris & Pelosi, and much more!


The Academy Awards on Sunday evening were watched by 10.4 million viewers and that makes it the least-watched and lowest-rated Academy Awards ever. (

It’s easier to wait for the results to be posted on social media.


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 32,230,809 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 569,404.


In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 553,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 19,000 from 547,000 to 566,000. The 4-week moving average was 611,750, a decrease of 44,000 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week’s average was revised up by 4,750 from 651,000 to 655,750. (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 Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. (Source)

Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 284,985.

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

We should all be wearing masks and practicing social distancing until we have a higher percentage of fully immunized Montanans.


The 2021 NFL Draft starts tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. Montana time and ends on Saturday, May 1. There will be 259 selections made over those three days. (ESPN)

Once again I doubt if I am drafted….


Here are the results from the latest poll from The Western Word that asked, “What Grade Will You Give President Joe Biden for His First 100 Days?”

  • B – 48.65%
  • A – 35.14%
  • C – 10.81%
  • D – 2.7%
  • F – 2.7%

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are celebrating a major milestone. Thursday will mark 10 years of marriage for the royal duo, who first said “I do” back on April 29, 2011. (People)

Happy anniversary!


Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address. President Joe Biden noted the historic development at the very opening of his address. After taking the podium, Biden greeted the two women standing behind him with a “Madam Speaker” and “Madam Vice President.” (AP)

Historical! I’m glad I was able to see this happen!



5 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. This just in:
    “Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to seek a new term in Congress. He previously represented Montana’s only congressional district until leaving office to join the Trump administration — a job which he departed from in 2018, trailing a web of splashy travel-induced scandal and questionable business dealings.

    The Hill first reported Zinke’s filing, which previews his plans to run after Montana was awarded a second congressional district when the 2020 Census Bureau announced the forthcoming distribution of each state’s apportionment earlier this week. ”

    I guess shilling bitcoins was too much effort.

  2. Also 2: Got my second Covid shot yesterday. Not experiencing any after-effects beyond a very mild ache in that arm.

    Suck it up, buttercups. Get your shots! They’re free.

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