States most affected by government shutdowns

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January 2, 2019
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States most affected by government shutdowns

On January 19, 2018, the United States government shut down for three days when congressional leaders were unable to come to an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, federal spending, and immigration. For many Americans, the shutdown was a mere annoyance—one more thing for pundits to lament on cable news programs. It was hardly the first time this has happened, after all: the federal government has shut down in the face of a funding gap 18 times before. This time, the government shut down just before Christmas day, after a spending deal could not be reached Dec. 22. This is now the third government shutdown of 2018, and has extended into 2019. 

For those outside of the White House, the shutdown forced their daily lives to grind to a halt. During a shutdown, members of the military stop receiving paychecks until the funding gap is resolved. A lack of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it difficult for people in need to get flu shots and other public health treatments. Taxpayers may not be able to get the help they need from the IRS, and federal loan applications for small businesses, rural communities, and prospective homeowners are frozen altogether.   

To paint a clearer picture of how government shutdowns affect each state, Stacker referenced WalletHub data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, usaspending.gov, Fit Small Business, National Association of Realtors, National Park Service and the Kaiser Family Foundation. WalletHub calculated the effect of the government shutdown on six metrics: federal jobs as a share of total state unemployment, federal contract dollars per capita, the percentage of children under the Children's Health Insurance Program, small business lending, real estate as a percentage of the gross state product, and access to national parks. The weighted average of those scores reveals the overall impact of government shutdowns on each state; we've included the number of federal employees in each state as of September 2017 as additional context.

Read on to discover the states where government shutdowns have the biggest impact.

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#51. Minnesota

Affected index: 13.31

Federal employees: 32,343

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Samantha Appleton // Official White House Photo

#50. Michigan

Affected index: 13.79

Federal employees: 52,617

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Senior Airman Jami K. Lancette // U.S. Air Force

#49. Indiana

Affected index: 17.93

Federal employees: 37,913

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Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne // U.S. Air Force

#48. Delaware

Affected index: 19.51

Federal employees: 5,748

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Ken LaRock // U.S. Air Force

#47. Ohio

Affected index: 20.64

Federal employees: 78,369

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#46. Tennessee

Affected index: 22.15

Federal employees: 48,873

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#45. Iowa

Affected index: 22.92

Federal employees: 17,792

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Spc. Ian Withrow, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment // U.S. Army National Guard

#44. Illinois

Affected index: 23.49

Federal employees: 79,588

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#43. North Carolina

Affected index: 24.15

Federal employees: 72,427

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#42. North Dakota

Affected index: 24.49

Federal employees: 9,421

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Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

#41. Vermont

Affected index: 24.92

Federal employees: 6,942

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Irving Rusinow // National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

#40. New Hampshire

Affected index: 25.13

Federal employees: 7,617

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Akhenaton06 // Wikicommons

#39. South Carolina

Affected index: 25.24

Federal employees: 33,610

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#38. Kansas

Affected index: 25.59

Federal employees: 25,081

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#37. Florida

Affected index: 26.19

Federal employees: 138,913

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#36. Nebraska

Affected index: 26.41

Federal employees: 16,915

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#35. Louisiana

Affected index: 26.74

Federal employees: 31,001

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Sgt. Katie Eggers // Wisconsin National Guard

#34. Wisconsin

Affected index: 26.78

Federal employees: 29,012

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Famartin // Wikicommons

#33. Nevada

Affected index: 27.01

Federal employees: 19,158

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Pete Souza // Official White House Photo

#32. New Jersey

Affected index: 27.38

Federal employees: 49,200

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#31. Connecticut

Affected index: 27.62

Federal employees: 18,048

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#30. New York

Affected index: 27.66

Federal employees: 115,407

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#29. Missouri

Affected index: 28.05

Federal employees: 54,542

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Daderot // Wikicommons

#28. Kentucky

Affected index: 28.10

Federal employees: 36,598

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#27. Pennsylvania

Affected index: 30.53

Federal employees: 97,125

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Bureau of Land Management // Flickr

#26. Oregon

Affected index: 30.58

Federal employees: 29,028

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#25. Arkansas

Affected index: 30.86

Federal employees: 19,995

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Bureau of Land Management // Wikicommons

#24. Wyoming

Affected index: 31.06

Federal employees: 8,027

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#23. Washington

Affected index: 31.57

Federal employees: 75,306

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#22. Georgia

Affected index: 31.74

Federal employees: 100,855

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JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikicommons

#21. South Dakota

Affected index: 32.04

Federal employees: 11,444

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#20. Utah

Affected index: 32.72

Federal employees: 36,037

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Bureau of Land Management

#19. Idaho

Affected index: 32.74

Federal employees: 13,805

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Todd Maki // U.S. Air Force

#18. Massachusetts

Affected index: 33.74

Federal employees: 46,138

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U.S. Navy // Wikicommons

#17. Arizona

Affected index: 33.84

Federal employees: 56,344

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#16. Texas

Affected index: 36.85

Federal employees: 198,851

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Kenenth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

#15. Maine

Affected index: 37.37

Federal employees: 15,396

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West Virginia National Guard // Wikicommons

#14. West Virginia

Affected index: 38.22

Federal employees: 23,695

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Chuck Kelly // Wikicommons

#13. Mississippi

Affected index: 38.54

Federal employees: 25,332

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#12. Rhode Island

Affected index: 39.92

Federal employees: 10,961

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U.S. Department of Defense // Wikicommons

#11. Colorado

Affected index: 41.80

Federal employees: 53,974

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#10. Alabama

Affected index: 42.33

Federal employees: 53,066

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#9. California

Affected index: 44.37

Federal employees: 248,809

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Kelly White // U.S. Air Force

#8. Oklahoma

Affected index: 45.65

Federal employees: 48,009

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Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson // U.S. Air National Guard photo

#7. Montana

Affected index: 47.96

Federal employees: 13,932

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#6. New Mexico

Affected index: 48.87

Federal employees: 29,426

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U.S. Navy // Wikicommons

#5. Hawaii

Affected index: 51.86

Federal employees: 33,271

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U.S. Coast Guard // Wikicommons

#4. Alaska

Affected index: 58.29

Federal employees: 15,401

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Patrick Bloodgood // U.S. Army photo

#3. Virginia

Affected index: 67.67

Federal employees: 177,527

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Bestbudbrian // Wikicommons

#2. Maryland

Affected index: 70.41

Federal employees: 146,540

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#1. District of Columbia

Affected index: 70.42

Federal employees: 198,618

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