Number of Furloughed Workers Shrinks as Shutdown Drags On
October 9, 2013
The political divide that has kept the federal government in shutdown mode for more than a week may be growing, but the shutdown itself is shrinking.
An estimated 800,000 of the more than 2 million government employees were deemed “non-essential” and furloughed when the federal fiscal year began Oct. 1. However, almost half the cuts were civilian Defense Department workers, and most of them are returning to work.