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Mapped: America’s $2 Trillion Economic Drop, by State and Sector

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Mapped: America’s $2 Trillion Economic Drop

It only took a handful of months for the U.S. economy to reel from COVID-19’s effects.

As unemployment rates hit all-time highs and businesses scrambled to stay afloat, new data shows that current dollar GDP plummeted from nearly $21.6 trillion down to $19.5 trillion between Q1’2020 and Q2’2020 (seasonally adjusted at annual rates).

While all states experienced a decline, the effects were not distributed equally across the nation. This visualization takes a look at the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, uncovering the biggest declines across states, and which industries were most affected by COVID-19 related closures and uncertainty.

Change in GDP by State and Industry

Between March-June 2020, stay-at-home orders resulted in disruptions to consumer activity, health, and the broader economy, causing U.S. GDP to fall by 31.4% from numbers posted in Q1.

The U.S. economy is the sum of its parts, with each state contributing to the total output—making the COVID-19 decline even more evident when state-by-state change in GDP is taken into consideration.

StateReal GDP ChangeBiggest Industry DeclineIndustry Change
(p.p.)
Alabama-29.6Durable Goods Manufacturing-5.02
Alaska-33.8Transport and Warehousing-9.43
Arizona-25.3Accommodation and Food Services-4.2
Arkansas-27.9Health Care and Social Assistance-4.57
California-31.5Accommodation and Food Services-4.43
Colorado-28.1Accommodation and Food Services-3.85
Connecticut-31.1Health Care and Social Assistance-4.61
Delaware-21.9Health Care and Social Assistance-4.19
Florida-30.1Accommodation and Food Services-5.3
Georgia-27.7Accommodation and Food Services-3.43
Hawaii-42.2Accommodation and Food Services-18.85
Idaho-32.4Health Care and Social Assistance-4.49
Illinois-29.7Accommodation and Food Services-4.11
Indiana-33.0Durable Goods Manufacturing-6.74
Iowa-28.2Durable Goods Manufacturing-4.35
Kansas-30.3Durable Goods Manufacturing-4.42
Kentucky-34.5Durable Goods Manufacturing-5.41
Louisiana-31.4Accommodation and Food Services-4.72
Maine-34.4Accommodation and Food Services-7.09
Maryland-27.7Health Care and Social Assistance-4.18
Massachusetts-31.6Health Care and Social Assistance-4.73
Michigan-37.6Durable Goods Manufacturing-7.57
Minnesota-31.3Health Care and Social Assistance-4.55
Mississippi-32.9Health Care and Social Assistance-4.56
Missouri-32.1Health Care and Social Assistance-4.29
Montana-30.8Health Care and Social Assistance-5.67
Nebraska-31.0Transport and Warehousing-6.13
Nevada-42.2Accommodation and Food Services-15.62
New Hampshire-36.9Accommodation and Food Services-6.7
New Jersey-35.6Health Care and Social Assistance-5.33
New Mexico-28.3Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction-4.4
New York-36.3Accommodation and Food Services-5.97
North Carolina-30.5Accommodation and Food Services-4.67
North Dakota-27.6Transport and Warehousing-4.94
Ohio-33.0Durable Goods Manufacturing-4.92
Oklahoma-31.1Transport and Warehousing-6.22
Oregon-31.9Accommodation and Food Services-5.81
Pennsylvania-34.0Health Care and Social Assistance-5.07
Rhode Island-32.4Health Care and Social Assistance-5.73
South Carolina-32.6Accommodation and Food Services-6.16
South Dakota-28.8Health Care and Social Assistance-5.44
Tennessee-40.4Health Care and Social Assistance-6.25
Texas-29.0Health Care and Social Assistance-3.13
Utah-22.4Transport and Warehousing-3.12
Vermont-38.2Accommodation and Food Services-8.52
Virginia-27.0Health Care and Social Assistance-3.59
Washington-25.5Accommodation and Food Services-4.39
West Virginia-29.6Health Care and Social Assistance-5.48
Wisconsin-32.6Durable Goods Manufacturing-5.17
Wyoming-32.5Transport and Warehousing-7.38
🇺🇸 U.S.-31.4Accommodation and Food Services-4.38

Note: Industry changes are reported in percentage points (p.p.) of total current dollar GDP between Q1 and Q2.

A total of 18 states took the biggest hit within the Accommodation & Food Services sector, which was also the industry that suffered the most nationally, dropping by 4.38%.

Highly dependent on tourism, Hawaii bore the brunt of decline in this industry with a 18.85% drop. According to The Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO), a second wave of infections and expired financial assistance were behind this contraction.

Next, the Health Care & Social Assistance sector was most impacted in 17 states between the two quarters, falling the most in Tennessee (-6.25%).

The most resilient industry amid the pandemic was Financial Services. In the state of Delaware, home to major banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Capital One, the sector actually grew by 4.47%. However, Delaware’s GDP ultimately still fell due to contractions in other sectors.

Each Industry’s Worst Performing State

Looking at it another way, the worst-performing state by industry also becomes clear when the change in percentage points (p.p.) Q1’–Q2’2020 GDP contributions are measured. Of the 21 industries profiled, Nevada shows up in the lower end of the spectrum four times.

IndustryWorst-performing stateChange (p.p.)
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and huntingNebraska-4.99%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extractionWyoming-5.76%
UtilitiesNebraska-0.33%
ConstructionNew York-2.02%
Durable goods manufacturingMichigan-7.57%
Nondurable goods manufacturingIndiana-2.65%
Wholesale tradeNew Jersey-3.35%
Retail tradeNevada-2.88%
Transportation and warehousingAlaska-9.43%
InformationCalifornia-0.88%
Finance and insuranceSouth Dakota-1.53%
Real estate and rental and leasingFlorida-2.00%
Professional, scientific, and technical servicesDistrict of Columbia-4.46%
Management of companies and enterprisesNevada-0.38%
Administrative/ support /waste management / remediationNevada-2.48%
Educational servicesRhode Island-1.47%
Health care and social assistanceTennessee-6.25%
Arts, entertainment, and recreationNevada-4.44%
Accommodation and food servicesHawaii-18.85%
Other services (ex. govt)District of Columbia-2.40%
Government and government enterprisesAlaska-4.19%

With many U.S. business leaders expecting a second contraction to occur in the economy, will future figures reflect further declines, or will states manage to bounce back?

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U.S. Debt Interest Payments Reach $1 Trillion

U.S. debt interest payments have surged past the $1 trillion dollar mark, amid high interest rates and an ever-expanding debt burden.

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U.S. Debt Interest Payments Reach $1 Trillion

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The cost of paying for America’s national debt crossed the $1 trillion dollar mark in 2023, driven by high interest rates and a record $34 trillion mountain of debt.

Over the last decade, U.S. debt interest payments have more than doubled amid vast government spending during the pandemic crisis. As debt payments continue to soar, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that debt servicing costs surpassed defense spending for the first time ever this year.

This graphic shows the sharp rise in U.S. debt payments, based on data from the Federal Reserve.

A $1 Trillion Interest Bill, and Growing

Below, we show how U.S. debt interest payments have risen at a faster pace than at another time in modern history:

DateInterest PaymentsU.S. National Debt
2023$1.0T$34.0T
2022$830B$31.4T
2021$612B$29.6T
2020$518B$27.7T
2019$564B$23.2T
2018$571B$22.0T
2017$493B$20.5T
2016$460B$20.0T
2015$435B$18.9T
2014$442B$18.1T
2013$425B$17.2T
2012$417B$16.4T
2011$433B$15.2T
2010$400B$14.0T
2009$354B$12.3T
2008$380B$10.7T
2007$414B$9.2T
2006$387B$8.7T
2005$355B$8.2T
2004$318B$7.6T
2003$294B$7.0T
2002$298B$6.4T
2001$318B$5.9T
2000$353B$5.7T
1999$353B$5.8T
1998$360B$5.6T
1997$368B$5.5T
1996$362B$5.3T
1995$357B$5.0T
1994$334B$4.8T
1993$311B$4.5T
1992$306B$4.2T
1991$308B$3.8T
1990$298B$3.4T
1989$275B$3.0T
1988$254B$2.7T
1987$240B$2.4T
1986$225B$2.2T
1985$219B$1.9T
1984$205B$1.7T
1983$176B$1.4T
1982$157B$1.2T
1981$142B$1.0T
1980$113B$930.2B
1979$96B$845.1B
1978$84B$789.2B
1977$69B$718.9B
1976$61B$653.5B
1975$55B$576.6B
1974$50B$492.7B
1973$45B$469.1B
1972$39B$448.5B
1971$36B$424.1B
1970$35B$389.2B
1969$30B$368.2B
1968$25B$358.0B
1967$23B$344.7B
1966$21B$329.3B

Interest payments represent seasonally adjusted annual rate at the end of Q4.

At current rates, the U.S. national debt is growing by a remarkable $1 trillion about every 100 days, equal to roughly $3.6 trillion per year.

As the national debt has ballooned, debt payments even exceeded Medicaid outlays in 2023—one of the government’s largest expenditures. On average, the U.S. spent more than $2 billion per day on interest costs last year. Going further, the U.S. government is projected to spend a historic $12.4 trillion on interest payments over the next decade, averaging about $37,100 per American.

Exacerbating matters is that the U.S. is running a steep deficit, which stood at $1.1 trillion for the first six months of fiscal 2024. This has accelerated due to the 43% increase in debt servicing costs along with a $31 billion dollar increase in defense spending from a year earlier. Additionally, a $30 billion increase in funding for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in light of the regional banking crisis last year was a major contributor to the deficit increase.

Overall, the CBO forecasts that roughly 75% of the federal deficit’s increase will be due to interest costs by 2034.

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