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Thursday: CPI, Initial Unemployment Claims

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for a decrease to 235 thousand from 238 thousand last week.

• Also, at 8:30 AM, The Consumer Price Index for January from the BLS. The consensus is for 0.5% increase in CPI, and a 0.5% increase in core CPI.

On COVID (focus on hospitalizations and deaths):

COVID Metrics
 
Now
Week
Ago
Goal

Percent fully Vaccinated
64.2%

≥70.0%1

Fully Vaccinated (millions)
213.2

≥2321

New Cases per Day3

230,602
413,730
≤5,0002

Hospitalized3

102,695
128,366
≤3,0002

Deaths per Day3

2,303
2,402
≤502

1 Minimum to achieve “herd immunity” (estimated between 70% and 85%).
2my goals to stop daily posts,
37-day average for Cases, Currently Hospitalized, and Deaths
🚩 Increasing 7-day average week-over-week for Cases, Hospitalized, and Deaths
✅ Goal met.

Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the daily (columns) and 7-day average (line) of positive tests reported.

New cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now declining.

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