2019 Government Shutdown Report: Most & Least Affected States

As the clock struck midnight December 22, 2018, the United States government shut down for the 21st time in history;
Who is affected… and how?

New research from Wallethub measure the impact of the President’s shutdown state by state. To see the complete report, visit here.

With the U.S. government closed for business for the 21st time since 1976, this time with a partial shutdown, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected by the 2019 Government Shutdown to add some hard data to all the rhetoric.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of five key metrics, ranging from each state’s share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps.

A less-intense, partial shutdown

So, as the clock struck midnight December 22, 2018, the United States government shut down for the 21st time in history. This time, it’s a less-intense partial shutdown, which occurs when Congress fails to pass necessary appropriations bills. The partial shutdown has lasted into the New Year, hitting the thirteen-day mark on January 3, 2019. For context, the longest shutdown ever was 21 days under President Bill Clinton, and only seven shutdowns have ever lasted ten days or longer. This is the third shutdown under the Trump administration, but the previous ones lasted only one day and three days, respectively.

When the government shuts down, certain federal employees work without pay or receive a furlough. This includes over 41,000 law enforcement officers, 52,000 IRS workers and 96 percent of NASA employees. “Non-essential” government services also remain inactive and certain benefits are liable to run out of funding. One of the main issues keeping the government in a partial shutdown at the moment is President Trump’s call for increased border security and funding for a border wall, to which Democrats in Congress remain opposed.

Some states are hit harder by a government shutdown than others. To determine the places most affected by the 2019 partial shutdown, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. They range from each state’s share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps. You can check out the findings below, followed by a complete description of our methodology.

States Most & Least Affected by a Government Shutdown

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Affected)
State Total Score Overall Rank
(1 = Most Affected)
State Total Score
1 District of Columbia 78.59 27 Vermont 30.46
2 New Mexico 65.95 28 Texas 29.59
3 Maryland 65.70 29 Utah 29.05
4 Hawaii 62.91 30 Connecticut 29.00
5 Alaska 61.08 31 Colorado 28.42
6 Virginia 56.61 32 Nevada 28.35
7 West Virginia 46.25 33 Pennsylvania 27.20
8 Mississippi 45.56 34 Massachusetts 27.09
9 Alabama 43.46 35 New York 27.08
10 Arizona 40.73 36 Delaware 26.98
11 Rhode Island 37.74 37 California 26.65
12 Montana 37.28 38 North Carolina 26.64
13 Maine 36.57 39 Arkansas 25.82
14 Florida 36.25 40 Michigan 24.96
15 Oregon 36.08 41 Illinois 24.76
16 Oklahoma 35.87 42 Ohio 24.66
17 Kentucky 35.81 43 North Dakota 23.69
18 Washington 35.71 44 New Jersey 19.30
19 Georgia 35.50 45 Kansas 18.84
20 Wyoming 33.01 46 Wisconsin 17.56
21 South Carolina 32.88 47 Indiana 17.02
22 South Dakota 32.62 48 Iowa 16.49
23 Tennessee 32.55 49 Nebraska 16.40
24 Louisiana 32.36 50 New Hampshire 15.59
25 Idaho 32.20 51 Minnesota 10.54
26 Missouri 32.15

 

Key Stats

  • Red states are less affected by the government shutdown than Blue states, ranking 26.83 and 24.81, respectively, on average. (Lower rank = greater impact).
  • The District of Columbia has the highest share of families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, 20.95 percent. That’s 3.5 times higher than in Wyoming, the state with the lowest at 6.00 percent.
  • Wisconsin has the lowest share of federal jobs, at 1.02 percent. The average state has 2.6 times more federal jobs, at 2.61 percent.