What's It Worth To You? : Planet Money Breaking down the state-by-state impact of the stimulus package, as presented by the White House.
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What's It Worth To You?

The darker the state, the more jobs from the stimulus package. Click for full graphic, with numbers. hide caption

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The darker the state, the more jobs from the stimulus package.

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Last week, the White House released preliminary statistics detailing the impact of the stimulus on each state. The data came as raw numbers, such as the number of schools to be modernized. I wanted to see how big an impact each measure promised to have on each state: for example while 23 schools might be substantial in Wyoming, it would hardly be noticed in California. I've posted the data set and visualization on ManyEyes -- click below for analysis and static graphics of the five state-level figures presented in the report.

The first item on the administration's laundry list is job creation. As it happens, the number is almost exactly three percent for each state -- the tenths-of-a-percent difference between the states, I would surmise, is the result of the raw number being rounded to the nearest hundred. The total number of jobs is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (TOT_EMP for OCC Code 00-0000 for each state, if you want to look for yourself).

Second, to determine the percentage of working-age adults receiving a Making Work Pay tax cut of up to $1,000, I divided the numbers provided in the White House report by the number of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 reported by the Census Bureau:

The darker the state, the greater percentage of residents getting a tax cut. Click for full graphic, with numbers. hide caption

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The darker the state, the greater percentage of residents getting a tax cut.

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Roughly 60 percent of working-age adults --112 million in all -- are projected to receive this tax credit.

We'll post more charts later, on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, on aid to schools and on help for people drawing unemployment benefits.