Quote for today…
Is it just me, or does no one disappear in the Bermuda Triangle anymore? -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 winners, nation, state, and local COVID numbers, unemployment claims, TWW poll results, Biden approval numbers, possible Republican presidential candidates, NFL games, and much more!
To the disappointment of me, my family, and my friends, I am sad to report that I did not win either of the Montana millionaire drawings this week. The winning tickets were sold in Butte and Missoula. (KRTV)
I liked it better when there was one millionaire winner and several other prizes.
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 53,663,256 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 812,069.
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 53% of the eligible population. (Source)
Last week, the number of fully immunized Montanans was 536,385.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s estimated population in July 2019 was 1,068,778.
In the week ending December 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 198,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 205,000 to 206,000. The 4-week moving average was 199,250, a decrease of 7,250 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since October 25, 1969, when it was 199,250. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 206,250 to 206,500. (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, “Do you agree with the verdict in the Kimberly Potter trial?”
Here are the results:
UNDECIDED/NO OPINION: 8%
Thanks to all who participated!
The Cascade County (Great Falls, MT) City-County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday still only 48% of eligible individuals in the county are fully vaccinated. (Source)
There are some ignorant people in Cascade County. C’mon people!
According to FiveThirtyEight.com, that is President Joe Biden’s approval rating. (Source)
Last week, Biden’s approval rating was 43.4%.
HERE is the list of 10 Republicans who may run for President.
Just a reminder that there are no NFL games scheduled for tonight (Thursday). (Source)
I’m just glad there are some college football games to watch!
Jackie,off today’s subjects but have you read or seen any statement from Governor Gianforte regarding the Covid testing situation in Montana. I checked all news outlets of this subject in Montana and seen nothing. Most Governors are addressing this. Schools start again Monday. I am concerned if we are ready for increase needs in testing with new variant.
Dennis – I have not seen anything. Thanks, JmB
The low unemployment claims numbers are even more impressive when you consider the U.S. population in 1969 was barely over 200M compared to the 330M+ of 2021.
Bloomberg had a story on how many other economic measures are also near historic bests in 2021.