States Hit the Hardest and Least by the Government Shutdown


With the U.S. government closed for business for the 19th time since 1976 and a lot of blame going back and forth, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected by the 2018 Government Shutdown to add some hard data to all the  rhetoric.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of six key metrics, ranging from each state’s share of federal jobs and contracts to the percentage of kids covered by CHIP. You can check out some of the main findings  below.

States Most Affected by the Gov. Shutdown States Least Affected by the Gov. Shutdown
1 District of Columbia 42 North Dakota
2 Maryland 43 North Carolina
3 Virginia 44 Illinois
4 Alaska 45 Iowa
5 Hawaii 46 Tennessee
6 New Mexico 47 Ohio
7 Montana 48 Delaware
8 Oklahoma 49 Indiana
9 California 50 Michigan
10 Alabama 51 Minnesota
Key Stats
  • Red states are less affected by the government shutdown than Blue states, ranking 28.17 and 22.90, respectively, on average. (lower rank = greater impact).
  • California has the highest percentage of children under CHIP, 22.1 percent. That’s 73.7 times higher than in Minnesota, the state with the lowest, at 0.3 percent.
  • Georgia has the highest average small business loan size, $459,133. That’s 5.2 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest average loan size, at $88,608.
  • Wisconsin has the lowest share of federal jobs, at 1.03 percent. The average state has 2.6 times more federal jobs, at 2.63 percent.
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