This map shows which states have been hit hardest by the shutdown, and blue states are faring worst

Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesA Capitol Hill hallway during the government shutdown.
  • We are on day 21 of the third government shutdown of the Trump administration, which means hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working without pay, or not working at all.
  • This hurts not only families but also states, particularly those who have a larger share of federal employees among their residents.
  • Here are the states most and least affected by the government shutdown, according to research by WalletHub.

During a government shutdown, federal employees don’t get paid, federal contract dollars are frozen, national parks are closed, and government-sponsored benefits, such as food stamps, are at risk of getting underfunded. This means states with a larger share of federal employees, with higher percentages of food stamp recipients, or with more federal contract dollars per capita are being affected by the shutdown more than states who don’t depend on federal funds as much.

According to research by WalletHub, a personal finance site, the government shutdown – now on its 21st day – is having an overall greater impact on blue states than red ones given their larger dependence on federal funds. This map shows which states have been hit the hardest:

Source:WalletHub

Based on five measures – share of federal jobs, federal contract dollars per capita, per cent of families receiving food stamps, real estate as percentage of gross state product, and access to national parks – WalletHub found that the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Maryland, Hawaii, and Alaska are most hard-hit by the shutdown, while Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana are the least affected.


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The District of Columbia, Hawaii and Maryland are tied for the highest share of federal jobs in the nation, while DC, Maryland, and Virginia receive the most federal contract dollars per capita. DC is also home to the highest percentage of families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, followed by Mississippi, which is the eighth state most affected by this shutdown.

“Although SNAP funding will continue during the 2019 partial shutdown, it is in danger of running out, depending on how long the shutdown will last,” Jill Gonzalez, one of the study’s analysts, told INSIDER.

The study did not measure the potential impact of the shutdown in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands ,and the Virgin Islands due to lack of available data, but they are also being affected. For example, Bloomberg Law reported that the IRS has already used the shutdown as an excuse to get more time to object to a plan that would restructure Puerto Rico’s sales tax bonds as part of the territories bankruptcy-like reorganization.

Federal Emergency Management Agency workers continue working unpaid in the Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico, while the Guam Daily Post reported that the National Wildlife Refuge in the territory remains closed due to the shutdown.

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