Street Corner Soapbox: 2013 by the Numbers

Categories:      News & Politics
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Number of Erie union workers GE announced it was laying off in 2013 : 950

Number of non-union workers GE is hiring for its Fort Worth, Texas, plant to replace the Erie workers : 875

The possible rise in the Erie county unemployment rate in percentage points as a result of the layoffs, according to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College professor of economics, Jim Kurre : 0.6

Based on an Erie worker wage of $36/hour and a Fort Worth wage of $26/hour, approximate amount in wages GE is saving by moving production to Texas, in millions : $24.65

Amount, in millions, that CEO Jeffrey Immelt received in his compensation package in 2012 : $25.8

Reported 2012 profits for GE Transportation, in millions : $1,000

Age of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela when he died Dec. 5 : 95

Mandela’s age when he was sentenced in 1962 to life imprisonment for conspiring to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government : 44

Mandela’s age when he was released in 1990 : 72

Age of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she died April 8 : 87

Year that Thatcher called Mandela “that grubby little terrorist,” and said his political party, the ANC, is “a typical terrorist organization… Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land” : 1987

Year that the United States voted to impose sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid government : 1986

Number of U.S. House Representatives who voted to override President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the South Africa sanctions bill : 313

Number of U.S. Senators voted to override Reagan’s veto : 78

Year that Mandela was elected president of South Africa : 1994

Year that Nelson Mandela was removed from the U.S. terrorist watch list : 2008

Number of Americans, in millions, who had health care policies canceled because they were not compliant with new regulations set by the Affordable Care Act, according to Health Policy and Strategy Consultants as broadcasted on Fox News : 4.2

The number of Americans that signed up for insurance through, the federal government’s insurance exchange portal, in the month of October : 27,000

The number of Americans who signed up for health insurance through on the first three days of December : 56,000

The total number of Americans who enrolled in ACA plans in October and November 2013 by and other means, according to federal government data, in millions : 1.2

The amount of dollars, in millions, the federal government has paid as of the end of October to develop, according to Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius : 319

Number of Oregon residents who have signed up for ACA compliant health policies through their state’s online health portal, Cover Oregon, as of December 1 : 0

Amount of dollars, in millions, Oregon paid to the tech giant Oracle to develop the website : 40

Number of Americans, in millions, who could have their health care policies canceled if the ACA were repealed, according to Erika Eichelberger of Mother Jones, noting that plans that adhere to the law’s new insurance regulations would likely be canceled : 137

Percentage of Pennsylvanians that approve of Gov. Tom Corbett’s job performance, according to a November Public Policy Polling poll : 24

Gov. Corbett’s rank, by approval rating, of the 50 state governors : 50

Amount, in millions, that Gov. Corbett’s proposed education budget for the 2013-14 school year is less than the 2010 funding for Pennsylvania schools : $800

Number of states that contribute a lower percentage of state money to schools than Pennsylvania : 9

Payroll, in millions, of the 2013 World-Series-winning Boston Red Sox, who won 97 regular-season games : $140.65

Rank of the 2013 Boston Red Sox of MLB teams in terms of payroll : 5

Cost, in millions, per 2013 regular-season win : $1.45

Payroll, in millions, of the 2012 Boston Red Sox, who won 69 regular-season games : $173.19

Rank of the 2012 Boston Red Sox of MLB teams in terms of payroll : 3

Cost, in millions, per 2012 regular-season win : $2.51

Number of batters struck out by the 2013 Detroit Tigers rotation of Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Rick Porcello : 960

Number of batters struck out by the 1998 Atlanta Braves rotation of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood, often considered the best rotation of all time : 862

Total number of batters struck out by the entire 2013 Detroit Tiger pitching staff : 1,428

All-time rank of the 2013 Detroit pitching staff for most number of batters struck out : 1

Number of blows to the head a professional football player will receive in a season, according to the Sports Concussion Institute :  900 to 1,500

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