Missouri’s economy less exposed to coronavirus than most, report says

Missouri is among the states with the least economic exposure to the coronavirus, according to a ranking from WalletHub.

The personal finance website conducted analysis to measure the impact of coronavirus on state economies and ranked how each state is doing to fight against the pandemic. To determine the states with the most economic exposure to COVID-19, WalletHub used 14 metrics.

Missouri ranked 49th overall for economic exposure to the coronavirus. The state was 49th for “highly affected industries and workforce” and 26th for “resources for businesses to cope better with the crisis.”

WalletHub also analyzed which states are most and least aggressive in their efforts to limit exposure to the coronavirus, considering 51 metrics. The study looked at different types of data, including tested cases per capita, state legislation on the pandemic and uninsured population by state.

Missouri ranked 32nd overall for aggressiveness of measures to limit virus exposure. It ranked 31st in “prevention and containment,” a dimension used for the total ranking.

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