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Thursday: GDP, Unemployment Claims

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 180 thousand down from 184 thousand last week.

• Also at 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2021 (Advance estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 1.0% annualized in Q1, down from 6.9% in Q4.

• At 11:00 AM, the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for April. This is the last of regional manufacturing surveys for April.

On COVID (focus on hospitalizations and deaths):

COVID Metrics
 
Now
Week
Ago
Goal

Percent fully Vaccinated
66.1%

≥70.0%1

Fully Vaccinated (millions)
219.4

≥2321

New Cases per Day3🚩
48,692
40,812
≤5,0002

Hospitalized3🚩
10,606
9,833
≤3,0002

Deaths per Day3

299
360
≤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 deaths reported.

Deaths are declining week-over-week, but new cases and hospitalizations are increasing.

Average daily deaths bottomed in July 2021 at 214 per day.

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