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Thursday, January 03, 2019 12:20 pm

Indiana among states least affected by government shutdown

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The partial shutdown of the federal government has largely spared Hoosiers, according to a report issued Thursday by personal-finance website WalletHub.

WalletHub found that Indiana is the fifth least affected state in the shutdown, which began Dec. 22.

Indiana ranks in the 40s among states for share of federal jobs, federal contract dollars per capita and real estate as a percentage of gross state product, and it ranks 50th for access to national parks. The real estate category considers state-level mortgage processing affected by staffing shortages in the IRS, the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Indiana's highest ranking among five metrics examined by WalletHub is 30th, for percentage of families receiving aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

Most affected by the government shutdown are, in order, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Maryland, Hawaii and Alaska. Least affected are, in order, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana.

WalletHub based its rankings on data from four federal agencies and the National Association of Realtors.

bfrancisco@jg.net