REPORT: Shutdown’s economic damage: $1 billion a week

JANUARY 9, 2019

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As federal workers face the prospect of missed paychecks during the partial government shutdown, their financial reality is rippling out into the broader economy.

The roughly 800,000 government employees who are either furloughed or working without pay will be forced to start slashing their consumer spending when paychecks don’t appear this week. Private-sector contractors and other workers tied to the government are already seeing damage from lost business.

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And a hit to the nation’s financial standing is on the horizon with a warning from Fitch Ratings on Wednesday about downgrading the government’s credit rating if the shutdown persists.

Estimates from President Donald Trump’s chief economist peg the cost to the overall U.S. economy at about $1.2 billion for each week the shutdown persists. While that’s just 0.05 percentage points off the GDP growth rate, it could be among the factors complicating the administration’s aspiration of reaching sustained 3 percent growth.

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  1. Robert January 9th, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    To build the Wall would cost $12 billion usd estimate from Fisher Sand & gravel.
    Use the $14 billion that the government took from the Mexican Drug Cartels. The Wall gets built and Mexico paid for it. Problem solved.


  2. Ken G January 10th, 2019 at 9:45 am

    So come on Chuck and Nancy give the President the money!


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