Special Report

How Federal Funding Failed to Match Each State's COVID Outbreak

Thomas C. Frohlich

1. Wyoming
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $2.95 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $5,106,612 (4th most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $84,806 (2nd most)
> Total small business loans administered: 12,546 (total $1.02 billion — the least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 225,830 payments, $407.69 million
> Funding for test sites and testing: $60.03 million (2nd least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 16
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,807 — 18th lowest (total: 16,219)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 109.0% (the highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 12.1% — 4th lowest (total: 34,744)
> COVID cases: 100 per 100,000 — 6th lowest (total: 577)

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2. Montana
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $4.14 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $8,795,533 (the most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $42,607 (9th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 21,703 (total $1.73 billion — 6th least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 433,767 payments, $759.47 million
> Funding for test sites and testing: $59.56 million (the least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 24
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,651 — 12th lowest (total: 28,167)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 4.6% (11th lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 18.5% — 24th lowest (total: 97,231)
> COVID cases: 44 per 100,000 — the lowest (total: 471)

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3. Alaska
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $3.44 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $8,625,278 (2nd most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $38,824 (14th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 9,890 (total $1.24 billion — 3rd least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 277,432 payments, $486.01 million
> Funding for test sites and testing: $63.48 million (6th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: .
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,829 — 11th highest (total: 35,611)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 52.6% (2nd highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 25.7% — 11th highest (total: 88,643)
> COVID cases: 54 per 100,000 — 3rd lowest (total: 399)

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4. South Dakota
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $3.86 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $958,578 (20th least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $90,229 (the most)
> Total small business loans administered: 20,608 (total $1.64 billion — 5th least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 343,860 payments, $625.04 million
> Funding for test sites and testing: $67.58 million (9th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 71
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,292 — 24th highest (total: 29,045)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 11.1% (12th highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 9.3% — the lowest (total: 42,782)
> COVID cases: 456 per 100,000 — 14th highest (total: 4,027)

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5. Vermont
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $3.09 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $3,278,361 (7th most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $49,292 (6th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 11,124 (total $1.17 billion — 2nd least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 267,295 payments, $450.25 million
> Funding for test sites and testing: $65.43 million (7th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 16
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,804 — 17th highest (total: 23,825)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 13.7% (7th highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 18.3% — 23rd lowest (total: 62,784)
> COVID cases: 151 per 100,000 — 10th lowest (total: 944)

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