Quote for today…
Some people were born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. – Barry Switzer
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 nation, state, and local COVID numbers, unemployment claims, Zinke’s financial disclosure, murder & terrorism, TWW poll results, Biden approval numbers, and much more!
Note: Since last Thursday was Thanksgiving and I did not post Thursday Numbers, some of today’s numbers are being compared to data from two weeks ago.
Montana Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke filed a financial disclosure that reports he has received nearly $800,000 in consulting fees so far this year and collected between $25,000 and $80,000 in rent from three properties in Whitefish. It was also reported that Zinke’s wife, Lolita, has between $6 million and $30 million in property and holdings in Santa Barbara, California, with between $1 million and $5 million in debt on the property. (AP)
Will Montana elect another millionaire?
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 48,695,518 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29, 2020. (Johns Hopkins)
Two weeks ago, the death total was 767,439.
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 51% of the eligible population. (Source)
Two weeks ago, the number of fully immunized Montanans was 513,267.
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 November 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 222,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 5,000 from 199,000 to 194,000. The 4-week moving average was 238,750, a decrease of 12,250 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 down by 1,250 from 252,250 to 251,000. (DOL)
Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.
This week’s poll question asked, “Should we ‘throw out’ Montana’s Constitution and replace it?”
Here are the results:
Thanks for participating!
The Cascade County (Great Falls, MT) City-County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday still only 47% of eligible individuals in the county are fully vaccinated. (Source)
According to FiveThirtyEight.com, that is President Joe Biden’s approval rating. (Source)
Two weeks ago, Biden’s approval rating was 43%.
That is how many positive COVID cases were reported in the Great Falls Public Schools for the week ending November 19, 2021. (Source)
Two weeks ago, the positive COVID cases numbered 26.
Mask up, Montana – it’s making a difference!
A 15-year-old boy was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured more at a Michigan high school, authorities said Wednesday as they revealed additional details, including a meeting between troubled officials and his parents just a few hours before the bloodshed. (AP)
These mass shootings get attention for a few days and then they fade away except to those personally affected.
The first U.S. case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the California Department of Public Health, confirmed Wednesday that the case was detected in a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22. (CBS/LA)
“There’s no reason to panic–but we should remain vigilant. That means get vaccinated. Get boosted. Wear a mask indoors.” – California Gov. Gavin Newsom