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States most affected by government shutdowns

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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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    #50. Michigan

    Affected index: 13.79

    Federal employees: 52,617

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    #49. Indiana

    Affected index: 17.93

    Federal employees: 37,913

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    #48. Delaware

    Affected index: 19.51

    Federal employees: 5,748

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    #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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    #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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    #41. Vermont

    Affected index: 24.92

    Federal employees: 6,942

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    #40. New Hampshire

    Affected index: 25.13

    Federal employees: 7,617

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    #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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    #34. Wisconsin

    Affected index: 26.78

    Federal employees: 29,012

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    #33. Nevada

    Affected index: 27.01

    Federal employees: 19,158

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    #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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    #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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    #26. Oregon

    Affected index: 30.58

    Federal employees: 29,028

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    #25. Arkansas

    Affected index: 30.86

    Federal employees: 19,995

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    #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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    #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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    #19. Idaho

    Affected index: 32.74

    Federal employees: 13,805

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    #18. Massachusetts

    Affected index: 33.74

    Federal employees: 46,138

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    #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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    #15. Maine

    Affected index: 37.37

    Federal employees: 15,396

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    #14. West Virginia

    Affected index: 38.22

    Federal employees: 23,695

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    #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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    #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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    #8. Oklahoma

    Affected index: 45.65

    Federal employees: 48,009

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    #7. Montana

    Affected index: 47.96

    Federal employees: 13,932

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    #6. New Mexico

    Affected index: 48.87

    Federal employees: 29,426

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    #5. Hawaii

    Affected index: 51.86

    Federal employees: 33,271

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    #4. Alaska

    Affected index: 58.29

    Federal employees: 15,401

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    #3. Virginia

    Affected index: 67.67

    Federal employees: 177,527

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    #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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