West Virginia ranks 7th most affected by government shutdown


According to a new report by WalletHub, some states have been hit harder by the government shutdown than others.

The states most affected include Maryland, Virginia and Alaska.

Meanwhile, West Virginia ranked 7th most affected by the shutdown. According to analysts, they compared the 50 states and D.C. in terms of five key areas. These include each state’s share of federal jobs, access to national parks, and the number of families receiving food stamps.

“West Virginia, I think to a lot of people’s surprise, has a lot of federal jobs. There’s a lot of HR, human relations jobs, and federal contractors. Those two factors alone has really affected West Virginia already over the past couple of weeks,” said Jill Gonzalez, an analyst from WalletHub.

Gonzalez said, nationwide, over 40,000 law enforcement officers, 50,000 IRS workers and several others have been affected by the government shutdown.

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