The partial federal government shutdown is not having a big impact on Nebraska. The financial website WalletHub crunched the numbers by looking at five metrics and out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Nebraska comes in at 49th.
Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Nebraska comes in 50th for real estate as a percentage of U.S. Generalized System of Preferences and 48th for federal contract dollars per capita. She says there is also a lack of national parks that may actually benefit local attractions statewide.
Gonzalez says, “Because Nebraska doesn’t have those large national parks, which are still open during the partial shutdown for now. They have just cut a lot of funding, resources and park staffing has been cut significantly, so that isn’t necessarily the worst news for Nebraska. But, there are a lot of historical sites, many of which are run by the private sector, may actually see an increase in visits to those.”
The WalletHub survey also shows that Nebraska comes in 27th for the share of federal jobs and 44 for the percentage of families receiving SNAP – or food stamp benefits.
Minnesota is the least impacted state followed by New Hampshire and then Nebraska. Iowa comes in 48th. New Mexico is ranked first.