Federal spending cuts (sequestration) cost $312.4 per person in military counties


Financial Times/Center for Public Integrity map of sequestration’s impact.

The federal spending cuts that went into effect earlier this year under sequestration are taking nearly twice the toll on counties with military installations than on those without, according to a new analysis.

The analysis, conducted by the Financial Times and the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity, found that in the 388 U.S. counties with at least one military installation, sequestration has had a per-capita impact of $312 dollars. In the more than 2,700 counties without an installation, the impact was $171 per capita.

The region with the highest per-capita hit was Los Alamos, New Mexico, where nearly a fifth of the workforce is federally employed. The per-capita impact of the cuts there is $6,359.

The hardest-hit counties are all over the country. In Alaska, the Valdez-Cordova Census Area saw a per-capita impact of $6,336. In Bryan, Georgia, it was $5,553. The per-capita effect of sequestration was $4,581 in Geary, Kansas.

You can play around with the data on the Financial Times site.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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