Government shutdown would impact thousands of Sacramento workers

Published: Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 - 9:50 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Sacramento is not just a state worker town. It has 12,000 civilian federal workers, too.

There are more federal government employees here than there are city government employees, according to the state Employment Development Department.

Their incomes contribute significantly to the local economy. Collectively, Sacramento's federal workers earn about $1.6 billion annually, or about $6 million per workday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

If the federal government shuts down at midnight tonight, many those workers will be furloughed. It's unclear exactly how many; nationwide, about one-third of the federal workforce -- those deemed "nonessential" -- will be furloughed. Many federal contractors will be furloughed, too.

In the past, government shutdowns have been brief, and the U.S. Congress has given back pay to furloughed workers. No one is sure whether that will happen this time.

Until recently, the federal government was one of the most stable civilian employers in the region, as the below chart shows:

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