Friday, October 11, 2013

The 10 Cities Most Affected by U.S. Government Shutdown


The U.S. government shutdown is nearly two weeks old and residents across the country are feeling its effects in one way or another.
When Congress could not agree on whether or not to include adjustments to or a delay of theAffordable Care Act (colloquially known as "Obamacare") as part of a spending bill that would allow the government to pay its bills, about 800,000 federal employees deemed "non-essential" were furloughed on Oct. 1.
Due to the shutdown, national parks and monuments are closed, many federal agencies have temporarily taken down their websites and stopped updating social media accounts, Head Start programs for children have closed, and the panel appointed to review the National Security Agency's surveillance programs was furloughed, while the NSA continues to surveil.
To get a better sense of which regions have been hit particularly hard, the location analytics company Esri created the follow interactive graphic. The map lists information on the 10 metropolitan areas most affected by the shutdown as defined by percent of the region's wages that go to federal employees.

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