Relying on a federal paycheck during the shutdown
The government shutdown jeopardizes the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers who were sent home. The federal government has almost 2 million employees. Civilians who remain on the job will be entitled to their salaries, but might not be paid on time. President Obama has signed a bill that ensures that certain members of the U.S. military and U.S. Coast Guard will be paid during the shutdown.
The Washington area ranks fourth nationwide in percent of all workers on the federal and military payroll, far ahead of the other 10 largest metro areas. Of the 3.1 million people employed in the D.C. area, nearly 450,000 work for the federal government or military (excluding federal contractors).
Sources: Brookings analysis of Moody’s Economy.com, 2013; Bureau of Economic Analysis. Metropolitian statistical areas from the U.S. Census.
GRAPHIC: Darla Cameron - The Washington Post. Published March 7, 2013, Updated Oct. 1, 2013.