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Study: shutdown hurts Utah 14th worst among states


The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Oct 08 2013 11:00AM
Updated Oct 8, 2013 10:13PM

A new report estimates that the federal government shutdown is hurting Utah 14th worst among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

That is based on the number of federal employees per capita, federal contracting dollars per capita, dependence on Small Business Administration loans, veterans per capita and such other criteria as projected damage from delays in student loans or Social Security payments.

The report was issued by WalletHub, a personal finance service and website.

It said the areas that would be hurt the worst are, in order: Virginia, Alaska, Alabama, the District of Columbia and Maine.

Is said the states that would be hurt the least are, in order: Iowa, Indiana, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

WalletHub noted that "states won by the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential election could be hit disproportionately hard by a prolonged government shutdown, as 15 such Red States ranked in the top 25 in the study’s overall ‘at-risk’ rankings."

Lee Davidson

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