Quote for today…
May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door. -Irish Proverb
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” If 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 Montana’s hungry children, nation, state, and local COVID numbers, unemployment claims, TWW poll results, Biden approval numbers, federally dependent states, worldwide gas prices, and much more!
The State of Montana may be leaving $36.6 million for hungry children on the table — for summer 2022 alone — if it does not submit a plan to receive another round of Pandemic EBT benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a March 11 letter to Gov. Greg Gianforte and state Health Department Director Adam Meier. (Daily Montanan)
Shame on the state if they don’t feed the hungry children – this program may be the only way these children get a nutritious meal…
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 79,631,765 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 963,819.
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. This is still just 55% of the eligible population. (Source)
Last week, the number of fully immunized Montanans was 557,261.
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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 March 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 214,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 227,000 to 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 223,000, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 231,250 to 231,750 (DOL)
Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.
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 “Community Level” is rated as “Medium” in Cascade County.
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 42.7%
This week’s poll question asked, “Which cable news channel do you watch the most?”
Here are the results:
NONE/DON’T WATCH: 26%
BBC WORLD NEWS: 12%
FOX NEWS: 10%
ONE AMERICA NEWS NETWORK: 0%
Thanks for taking part!
According to WalletHub, Montana is ranked the fifth most federally dependent state. (Source)
I guess the Republican-run state does need help from the feds…
On March 14, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte announced Montana’s unemployment rate dropped to an all-time low of 2.7% in January 2022, down 0.2% from December’s adjusted rate. Montana’s unemployment rate is the fifth-lowest in the nation. (Source)
When you are the Governor, you can take credit for the good news. Congrats to Montana!
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That is the price per gallon of gas around the world as of March 14, 2022. (Source)
In the USA, the price on that date was $4.68. The week before (March 7), the price in the USA was $4.46.