Quote for today…
They said I changed a lot. I said a lot changed me. – 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 nation, state, and local COVID numbers, unemployment claims, marijuana sales in Montana, Trump fundraising, Zinke/Rosendale fundraising, Army discharges, Biden approval numbers, and much more!
Former President Donald J. Trump’s political committees have over $122,000,000 “Cash on Hand” after raising over $51,000,000 during the period between July 1 and December 31, 2021. (Statement)
It will be interesting to see how he uses it…
The Montana Department of Revenue has released marijuana sales numbers for January 2022 – the first month of legal recreational sales in the state. According to the state, $22.6 million in marijuana sales were made during the month, generating an estimated $2.96 million in tax revenue. (MTN News)
You gotta fight for your right to party…
The two leading Republicans for Montana’s two new congressional seats have cracked the $1 million mark for campaign money so far – although several other candidates, both Democratic and Republican, are racking up respectable fundraising numbers in the western district. Both Ryan Zinke, running in the western district, and incumbent Rep. Matt Rosendale, running in the eastern district, have raised more than $1 million for their 2022 campaigns so far, according to reports filed at the close of January. (MTN News)
Zinke and Rosendale will be tough to beat…
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 75,681,309 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 876,066.
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 547,473.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s population in April 2020 was 1,084,225.
In the week ending January 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 238,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 260,000 to 261,000. The 4-week moving average was 255,000, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 247,000 to 247,250. (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 Army said Wednesday it will immediately begin discharging soldiers who have refused to get the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, putting more than 3,300 service members at risk of being thrown out soon. (AP)
Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out…
Fully vaccinated Americans are 14 times less likely to die of COVID-19 than those who haven’t gotten the shots. Boosted Americans are 97 times less likely. Those were the figures presented Wednesday by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on reports from 25 jurisdictions in the week ending Dec. 4. (USA Today)
You might be a dumbass if you have not been vaccinated…
The Cascade County (Great Falls, MT) City-County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday still only 49% of eligible individuals in the county are fully vaccinated. (Source)
C’mon people – get vaccinated!
According to FiveThirtyEight.com, that is President Joe Biden’s current approval rating. (Source)
Last week, Biden’s approval rating was 41.2%