o 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.
o 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 NowWeek
AgoGoal Percent fully Vaccinated64.2%—>=70.0%1 Fully Vaccinated (millions)213.2—>=2321 New Cases per Day3230,602413,7302 Hospitalized3102,695128,3662 Deaths per Day32,3032,4022 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.
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This graph shows the daily (columns) and 7-day average (line) of positive tests reported.