Quote for today…
Is a rivalry between two vegetarians still called a beef? -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 Montana Millionaire game, nation, state, and local COVID numbers, unemployment claims, TWW poll results, voting rights, and much more!
The Montana Lottery announced this week that they are giving away two one-million-dollar prizes this year in their annual Montana Millionaire game. (Source)
I doubt they give one to me – but I’ll try!
The tickets go on sale November 1.
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 45,220,057 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 719,546.
Thanks to everyone who wears a mask and has been vaccinated – you are patriots!
That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. That is just 54% of the eligible population. (Source)
Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 495,205.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s estimated population in July 2019 was 1,068,778.
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In the week ending October 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 290,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 293,000 to 296,000. The 4-week moving average was 319,750, a decrease of 15,250 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 750 from 334,250 to 335,000. (DOL)
Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.
The trucking industry is short 80,000 drivers, a record high, Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, tells CNN. That’s a 30% increase from before the pandemic, when the industry already faced a labor shortage of 61,500 drivers. (CNN)
We need a big “Convoy,” with the Rubber Duck and Pig Pen leading the way!
That is how many positive COVID cases were reported in the Great Falls Public Schools for the week ending October 8, 2021. (Source)
Last week the positive COVID cases numbered 119.
Mask up, Montana – it makes a difference!
This week’s poll question asked, “What grade would you give Governor Greg Gianforte regarding his response to the pandemic?”
Here are the results:
Thanks for participating!
The Cascade County (Great Falls, MT) City-County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday still only 50% of eligible individuals in the county are fully vaccinated. (Source)
The freedom to not get vaccinated or wear a mask is killing us…
Republicans on Wednesday blocked action for the third time this year on legislation to bolster voting rights, leaving Democrats few options to advance the bill outside of changing the Senate filibuster rule and passing it over G.O.P. opposition. (NY Times)
The Democrats need to “go big or go home.” I predict the Republicans will take over the majority in the Senate after the midterms. The Democrats might as well go for it if they want a chance to keep the majority.
The New York Times reported that as of Tuesday, Montana ranked No. 1 in the country for the most COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. Montana averages 1,039 new cases a day and has 97 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, which is a 17% increase in the last 14 days, according to the report. (Great Falls Tribune)
This is due to the poor leadership of Montana Governor Greg Gianforte…