The Labor Department on Thursday said that filings for unemployment benefits rose during the week that ended Oct. 5. About 15,000 of the new jobless claims stemmed from private sector workers laid off temporarily by the government shutdown.
Many government programs that Americans rely on are continuing as usual, including vital national security functions and the payment of Social Security checks.
Funding for nonessential services ran dry, however, as Congress failed to agree on a funding measure to start the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Here’s a look at some of the impacts across the nation so far:
• Private sector jobs. Some companies that provide services or goods to the federal government are having to furlough workers as long as the shutdown lasts. One of the biggest examples is Lockheed Martin. The aerospace company says that is has “approximately 2,400 employees unable to work because the civil government facility where they perform their work is closed, or we’ve received a stop-work order on their [defense] or civil government program.”
Although many of the affected private sector employees are in the D.C. metro area, it’s a nationwide phenomenon. The Lockheed Martin furloughs affect workers in 27 states, for example.
• Private business sales. The shutdown has affected business, notably ones tied to tourism at national parks or the nation’s capital. On the national seashores along North Carolina's Outer Banks islands, business owners compared the financial magnitude of closed beaches and waterways to that of a hurricane-forced evacuation.