How Much Was Iowa Affected by the Government Shutdown?
This past Saturday, January 20th, the U.S. government was officially shutdown. It's the 19th time in U.S. history that there has been a government shutdown, with the last one taking place in 2013. Luckily, the two political parties were able to reach an agreement on federal funding through February 8th, so yesterday the shutdown was ended.
When there's a government shutdown in the United States, some states are more affected than others. The website WalletHub used six key metrics to rank each state from most to least impacted. More specifically, they looked at, "each state's share of federal jobs, access to national parks, and percentage of kids covered by Children’s Health Insurance Program."
Not surprisingly, Washington D.C. came in at #1 on the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia. On the other end of the list is Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana, all located in the Midwest. Where did Iowa fall? All the way down at #45. We also came in 48th place for the lowest share of federal jobs.
You can check out the rest of the study results HERE.