A state of recovery? Wyoming edition.

July 26, 2010

In preparation for Vice President Biden’s visit today to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the “stimulus”) and Washington’s plan for the road ahead, below are some facts to consider:

Wyoming’s share of the $862-billion “stimulus” bill awarded: $536,570,000
(=0.3% of the $202 billion that has already been given to states).

Wyoming’s share of population = 0.2%

Wyoming’s unemployment rate was 4.8% when the “stimulus” was enacted in February 2009; today it is 6.8%.

Wyoming’s 6.8% unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 9.5%.

Wyoming lost 9,900 jobs between February 2009 when the “stimulus” was enacted and June 2010.

For FY2011, Wyoming’s estimated budget shortfall is $147 million, as of 7/15/2010.

Wyoming’s number of foreclosed homes was 81 when the “stimulus” was enacted; today the number has fallen to 72.

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