Thursday Numbers

Quote for today…

If you can’t look back at your younger self and realize that you were an idiot, you are probably still an idiot. – 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.

Topics include – National debt, lottery jackpots, OPEC+, COVID numbers, unemployment, House/Senate projections, Aaron Judge, Biden approval, MLB playoffs, gas prices, and more!


The nation’s gross national debt has surpassed $31 trillion, according to a U.S. Treasury report released Tuesday that logs America’s daily finances. (AP)

The elected officials who are not in the majority will use this as a campaign issue. Both sides share the blame.


The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is still growing! The estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing is $410,000,000. (Mega Millions)

The Powerball jackpot is not too shabby, either. It is $378,000,000. (Source)

Good luck!


OPEC+ agreed to steep oil production cuts on Wednesday, curbing supply in an already tight market, causing one of its biggest clashes with the West as the U.S. administration called the surprise decision shortsighted. OPEC’s de-facto leader Saudi Arabia said the cut of 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of output – equal to 2% of global supply – was necessary to respond to rising interest rates in the West and a weaker global economy. (Reuters)

Rising fuel prices will be a factor in the November election.


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 96,552,187 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 1,058,505.


In the week ending October 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 219,000, an increase of 29,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 3,000 from 193,000 to 190,000. The 4-week moving average was 206,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 750 from 207,000 to 206,250. (DOL)

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


According to, the Republicans currently have a 69% chance of winning the majority in the House. (Source)

Last week the chance of Republicans winning the House was 69%.


According to, currently, the Democrats have a 67% chance of keeping the majority in the U.S. Senate. (Source)

Last week the chance of Democrats winning the Senate was 69%.


Aaron Judge took a smooth, mighty swing, then broke into a big smile as he trotted around the bases. Heading home, his teammates backed away, letting him touch the plate alone. At last, the New York Yankees slugger had the American League home run record all to himself. Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season Tuesday night, breaking Roger Maris’ AL record and setting what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard. (AP)

Congrats to Judge.


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

Last week, Biden’s approval rating was 42.2%.


The entire Major League Baseball playoff picture came into focus Tuesday night. The matchups were finally set, right before the last day of the regular season. The postseason, expanded from 10 teams last year to 12 this season, begins Friday with a newly created wild-card round. All four series are best two of three — three days in a row, no breaks, with the higher seed hosting every game. (AP)

The MLB Postseason schedule can be seen HERE.

0.060 – 11.13

That is the price range per gallon of gas worldwide as of October 3, 2022. (Source)

In the USA, the average price per gallon of gas on October 3 was $3.99. Last week (Sept. 26), the average price in the USA was $3.98.

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1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 1.

    One good question. I have been asking myself the exact same thing. I have spent a good part of my life working with folks who are mentally delayed, and so it pains me to no end to see them make a spectacle of this guy. He doesn’t deserve this. And neither does the country. He would fit right in the House, but not the senate.

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