Thursday Numbers

Quote for today…

Unplanned moments are always better than planned ones. – Unknown

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 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, COVID numbers, unemployment claims, New Mexico OSHA, TWW poll results, distracted driving, masks, MT Legislature special session, Biden approval numbers, worldwide gas prices, fourth DUI, and more!


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s rule doubling the inspections for commercial trucks coming in from Mexico caused delays that cost the U.S. nearly $9 billion in gross domestic product, according to one analysis. (Axios)

Abbott is an attention-seeker…


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 80,801,744 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 987,560.


In the week ending April 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 184,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 185,000 to 186,000. The 4-week moving average was 177,250, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 172,250 to 172,750. (DOL)

Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.


New Mexico workplace safety regulators on Wednesday issued the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 against a film production company for firearms safety failures on the set of “Rust” where actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer in October. New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau said Rust Movie Productions must pay $136,793 and distributed a scathing narrative of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires on set prior to the fatal shooting. (AP)

It’s a sad deal that someone lost their life…


This week’s poll question asked, “Do you approve of Steve Daines’ visit to Ukraine?”

Here are the results:

NO: 64%
YES: 14%

Thanks for participating!


Fifty-eight deaths on Montana’s roadways in 2021 were partly due to distracted driving, according to Sgt. Jay Nelson with Montana Highway Patrol. Over sixty-five hundred injury crashes in 2021 were also partly due to distracted driving. Sgt Nelson added that 63 patrol vehicles were involved in crashes in 2021, and a significant number of those involved distracted driving. (ABC/FOX)

I do not think the distracted driving was from the troopers…


A majority of people in the United States continue to support a mask requirement for people traveling on airplanes and other shared transportation, a poll finds. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that despite opposition to that requirement that included verbal abuse and physical violence against flight attendants, 56% of those surveyed favor requiring people on planes, trains, and public transportation to wear masks, compared with 24% opposed and 20% who say they are neither in favor nor opposed. (AP)

I would like to see healthcare experts make these decisions instead of politicians or judges.


An effort to call a special session via a lawmaker poll of the Montana Legislature about election integrity failed to gain majority support this week. According to the results compiled by the Montana Secretary of State’s office after the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, 44 legislators voted for the proposal and 60 voted against it. Forty-five lawmakers did not submit votes. (MTFP)

The 44 who voted for the special session are the craziest of the crazies. Voters should take notice! See the list HERE.


According to, that is President Joe Biden’s current approval rating. (Source)

Last week, Biden’s approval rating was 41.6%.


Thomas Edward Wilkinson, Jr., has been charged with driving under the influence in Great Falls. According to MTN News, this is his fourth DUI. Wilkinson, 52 years old, has been charged with felony DUI (4th or subsequent offense), misdemeanor failure to provide proof of insurance, misdemeanor driving with suspended/revoked license, and misdemeanor unsafe lane change. (MTN News)

Maybe he should be locked up for a few years – it would keep us safe!

0.095 – 10.879

That is the average price per gallon of gas around the world as of April 18, 2022. (Source)

In the USA, the average price on April 18 was $4.49. The week before (April 11), the average price in the USA was $4.51.


8 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Re: distracted driving………..saw a cartoon – sign on the back of a car, “If you can read this, at least you’re not staring at your phone while you text.”

  2. “At some point in the not too distant future there is going to be an alternative rock band called COVID-19 and people will wonder how they got their name.” “Take comfort in that.”
    Rick Tryon April 21 2020
    That was about 960,000 deaths ago.

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