NEW JERSEY -- With many industries in the U.S. ground to a halt because of the coronavirus social distancing restrictions, personal-finance website WalletHub has ranked the states that are Slowing Down the Most During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

The slowdown in business and lifestyle in New Jersey resulted in its being ranked the third most impacted state behind Hawaii and New York, which has, by far, the most coronavirus cases in the nation.

Overall Rank State
1 Hawaii
2 New York
3 New Jersey
12 Pennsylvania
20 Delaware
21 Connecticut

Some key findings for the Garden State:

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  • 1st – Residential Changes
  • 2nd – Retail & Recreation Changes
  • 2nd – Transit Stations Changes
  • 3rd – Workplaces Changes
  • 15th – Parks Changes
  • 28th – Grocery & Pharmacy Changes

To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key metrics. New Jersey's strict social distancing regulations have resulted in dramatic changes in the following areas:

  • Retail & Recreation Mobility: a measure of the decrease in visits for places like restaurants, cafés, shopping malls, theme parks, museums, libraries, and cinemas.
  • Grocery & Pharmacy Mobility: the drop in visits to grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, and pharmacies.
  • Parks Mobility: a measure of the decrease in visits for places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, and public gardens.
  • Transit Stations Mobility: measure of the decrease in traffic at public transport hubs (subway, bus, and train stations).
  • Workplaces Mobility: a measure of the decrease in visits for places of work.
  • Residential Mobility Changes: the drop in visits to places of residence.

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