Thursday Numbers

Quote for today…

I can only tell you the truth, I can’t make you believe it – 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 jobs, coronavirus information, unemployment claims, Texas baby boom, gun violence, death calculator, Trump’s lawsuit, Monica Tranel, and much more!


Job openings in the U.S. rose slightly in May to a record 9.21 million, reflecting an insatiable demand for labor as the economy fully reopens and businesses scramble to keep up with soaring sales for their goods and services. (

People looking for jobs are in a great position…


That is how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There have been 33,767,381cases 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 604,718.


That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. That is just 47% of the eligible population. (Source)

Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 426,984.

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

Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You by clicking HERE.


In the week ending July 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 373,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 7,000 from 364,000 to 371,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,500, a decrease of 250 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 2,000 from 392,750 to 394,750. (DOL)

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


A Texas hospital set a new baby boom record recently when staff delivered over 100 newborns over two, two-day stretches. The first round of rapid deliveries began June 24 and saw 25 girls and 27 boys delivered over 47 hours at Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Forth Worth, reported. The second round, which began June 28, saw staff welcome 55 more babies, including a set of twins, a matter of 44 hours. (Fox News)

Things are bigger in Texas…


One hundred people — including two police officers — were shot in Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend, including 18 homicides, the city’s police department said Tuesday. (AP)

We have a very serious problem with gun violence in the USA. What is the answer?


The good doctors of Canada would like you to be prepared for death. Enter the RESPECT calculator, which predicts deaths within five years based on declines in daily activities such as bathing and walking—which are typically stronger predictors of mortality than diagnoses of disease. The calculator, called the Risk Evaluation for Support: Predictions for Elder-Life in the Community (RESPECT), is the brainchild of 13 researchers from across Canada. (

There are some interesting ways you could use this information…


Former President Donald Trump has filed suit against three of the country’s biggest tech companies, claiming he and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored. But legal experts say the suits are likely doomed to fail, given existing precedent and legal protections. Trump announced the action against Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube, along with the companies’ Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai, at a press conference Wednesday in New Jersey, where he demanded that his accounts be reinstated. (AP)

Trump is trying to stay relevant…


Monica Tranel became the second Democrat to announce her candidacy for Montana’s second U.S. House seat, touting her rural roots, success as an Olympian and experience as a lawyer. Tranel, who lives in Missoula, joined the race Wednesday, following Democratic state lawmaker Laurie Bishop of Livingston, who entered last week. (AP)

You can visit Tranel’s campaign website by clicking HERE.


11 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Larry – I’m thinking this will be my poll question for next week. Interesting. Thanks, JmB

    • York was of course a slave, I’m not sure of Sacajawea’s role but she like York wasn’t paid and L&C did kill a couple Blackfeet. York and Sacajawea may have saved L&C’s asses but how does that figure into your thinking? I’m not for removing the statue but I can see where they are coming from.

  1. Poop attracts flies.

  2. You posed the question: “We have a very serious problem with gun violence in the USA. What is the answer?”
    Why, obviously, we must have more people with more guns. I’m not quite sure how that works, but people frantically obsessed with their 2nd Amendment “rights” assure us that it will ………eventually, I guess.

    • Terry – good point for sure – he will use it to raise some money! Thanks, JmB

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