Oregon 15th state most affected by federal shutdown
Oregon is the 15th state most affected by the partial federal government shutdown, according to a study released by WalletHub, a Washington, D.C., online financial services company.
The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of five key metrics, including each state's share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps. According to the study, Oregon is most affected because it has the fourth highest percent of families receiving SNAP (food stamps) benefits. But Oregon also receives the 49th lowest federal contract dollars per capita.
The study found the District of Columbia was most affected by the shutdown, while Minnesota was the least affected.
"Some states are hit harder by a government shutdown than others," according to the study released Jan. 3.
The study also found that Democratic-leaning states are more affected by the shutdown than those that tend to support Republicans.
The five key factors and Oregon's ranking in the study were:
• Share of federal jobs. This metric measures the federal employment as a share of total employment. Ranking: 36
• Federal contract dollars per capita. Ranking: 49
• Percent of families receiving SNAP. Although funding will continue during thepartial shutdown, it could eventually run out. Ranking: 4
• Real estate as percentage of Gross State Product, which is the equivalent of Gross Domestic Product, but at the state level. Mortgage processing will be affected by staffing shortages in the IRS, FHA and VA. Ranking: 7
• Access to national parks, measured by both the number of national parks per capita and the acres of national parks per capita. During the partial shutdown, park staffing has been cut significantly. Ranking: 25
The partial federal government shutdown began on Dec. 22. It is the 21st shutdown in U.S. history. 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. The previous ones lasted only one day and three days, respectively.
The study says that 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 demand for border wall funding, which Democrats in Congress oppose.
Data used to create the rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.usaspending.gov, the National Association of Realtors and the National Park Service.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the political orientation of the states most impacted by this shutdown.
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