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Mississippi among states most affected by shutdown

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Updated: Jan. 3, 2019 at 7:24 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - 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.

States Most Affected by the Government Shutdown:

1. District of Columbia

2. New Mexico

3. Maryland

4. Hawaii

5. Alaska

6. Virginia

7. West Virginia

8. Mississippi

9. Alabama

10. Arizona

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.

To read the full report and see where Tennessee and Mississippi ranked, click here.

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