As of December 22, the United States government has entered a government shutdown for the 21st time in history.
Although it is only a partial shutdown, the shutdown has affected every state and many Americans in some way. With some states being affected more than others, the personal finance website WalletHub has released a list that details which of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have been most and least affected by this shutdown so far.
According to the website, these ranking were determined across five key metrics including share of federal jobs, federal contract dollars per capita, percentage of families receiving SNAP (food stamps), real estate as percentage of gross state product, and access to national parks.
The study ranks West Virginia as the 7th most affected state by the government shutdown, only behind the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Maryland, Hawaii, Alaska and Virginia. When examining the individual metrics, West Virginia ranked 6th in percentage of families receiving SNAP, 7th in share of federal jobs and 13th in access to National Parks.
To view the full information from this study, click here.