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.

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