- Connecticut and Massachusetts scored the highest velocity of projects actually awarded to contractors using Recovery Act funding, with 37.7% and 36.5% of funds received within the state awarded to contractors, respectively. South Carolina had the lowest velocity, 0.2%.
- North Carolina attracted the most Recovery Act project dollars per capita ($7,125), followed by Alaska ($2,482), Montana ($1,523), Colorado ($1,469), and New Mexico ($1,418). New Jersey and Florida attracted the least per capita ( $700 and $710, respectively).
- Alaska did the best combined job of attracting and awarding Recovery Act project funds – placing it at the top of the "Gold" category. Others in this category include North Dakota, Wyoming, and New Hampshire. Virginia led the "Laggards" category – states that attracted the fewest project funds per capita and were slowest to award them. Others in this category include Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, and Nevada.
- Michigan, where the unemployment rate was the highest at 14.3%, ranked in the "Laggard" category with $821 project dollars received per capita, and with just 14% of those projects actually awarded to contractors. Nevada, which also had one of the highest unemployment rates, was also in the Laggard category at $733 per capita and 9.4% awarded.
In The Race To Attract & Spend Stimulus Project Dollars, Some States Score Gold, While Others Lag
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