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Study: Hawai‘i 4th Most Affected by Government Shutdown

January 3, 2019, 9:20 AM HST
* Updated January 4, 11:19 AM
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Silversword outplanting at Maui’s Haleakalā National Park. File photo credit: Haleakalā NP.

Hawaiʻi is ranked 4th in the nation for the locations most affected by the latest federal government shutdown.

This is reportedly the 21st time the US government closed for business since 1976, this time with a partial shutdown.

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected.

According to WalletHub, the five basic metrics speak to how people across the country will be affected by the absence of government services including: Share of Federal Jobs; Federal Contract Dollars Per Capita; Percent of Families Receiving Food Stamps; Real Estate as Percentage of Gross State Product; and Access to National Parks.

The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia using the data. According to the report, Hawaiʻi has the highest Real Estate as Percentage of Gross State Product; and has the second highest share of federal jobs.

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Locations topping the list of those most affected include: (1) District of Columbia; (2) New Mexico; and (3) Maryland.

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