Thursday Numbers

Quote for today…

One day your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived. – Henri Junttila

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 the Mega Millions lottery, COVID numbers, unemployment, Guilfoyle’s speech, vehicle crashes, Biden approval numbers, TWW poll results, Great Falls homeless, interest rate, gas prices, and more!


That’s the jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball lottery. (Source)


That’s the jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions lottery. (Source)

You can’t win if you don’t play…


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 85,941,856 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 1,010,521.


In the week ending June 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 229,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 229,000 to 232,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,500, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 215,000 to 215,750. (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 Washington Post reported that Kimberly Guilfoyle, a fundraiser for former president Donald Trump and the fiancee of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., spoke for less than three minutes at the rally on Jan. 6, 2021, that preceded the Capitol riot. For her appearance, she was compensated $60,000 by Turning Point Action, a conservative nonprofit led by Charlie Kirk, according to two people with knowledge of her compensation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity.

Great work if you can get it…


Automakers reported nearly 400 crashes over a 10-month period involving vehicles with partially automated driver-assist systems, including 273 with Teslas, according to statistics released Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators. (AP)

I guess sleeping while driving one of these vehicles is not safe yet…


This week’s poll question asked, “Should ZooMontana host the Drag Queen Story Hour?” (Background)

Here are the results:

YES: 81%
NO: 14%

Thanks for participating!


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

Last week, Biden’s approval rating was 40.5%.


The Great Falls city zoning commission voted unanimously (5-0) to recommend that the City Commission deny a request from the First United Methodist Church at the corner of 2nd Street North and 6th Street to operate a tent encampment for the homeless. (The Electric)

After watching the live stream until some dummy at the city switched to the city commission work session, one thing I noticed is that Great Falls has some cold-hearted bastards in our community. Great Falls lacks leadership and compassion.


The Federal Reserve is accelerating key interest rate hikes in light of record-high inflation. On Wednesday, the central bank announced a rate increase of 0.75% — a sign it is acting more aggressively to fight rising consumer prices. It’s the first time since 1994 that the Fed has raised the rate that much. (NBC News)

0.084 – 11.35

That is the average price per gallon of gas around the world as of June 13, 2022. (Source)

In the USA, the average price on June 13 was $5.19. The week before (June 6), the average price in the USA was $5.03.

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. As far as Gianforte being on vacation while we are having a 500 year flood certainly is great fodder for social media. However I agree the Governor has not been very engaged in other state problems such as at State Hospital and State Prison but I do give him a break here. He had no knowledge we would have this huge flooding in advance of a long planned vacation. I think he has done what needed to happen to get Federal aid started. But understandable people in dire need want to see the power of state the governor in person. I am sure he will make his presence known as soon as back in state. I am not a big fan of his administrations policies but now is not the time to divide the state more. Those facing huge loses of homes and damaged property don’t care he is a republican only assurance help is coming and a little sympathy. The tourist industry in Montana will take a big hit especially if Yellowstone Park remains closed for weeks or months. These people who are suffering from these floods need Montana citizens of blue or red political stripes to come together and support our leaders get our state back on it’s feet.
    There aren’t many of us in this state and most all of us will know someone who has suffered lost in the last week. We who have been here for decades know Montana weather knocks us down every now and then but we get right back up,put a smile on a unpleasant situation and get to work making things better. I love this Big Sky State!

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