By: karengray | January 21, 2019

As the government shutdown enters day 31, there are a lot of folks who are struggling to manage financially and emotionally. I work very hard sometimes to highlight the upside of things, and this situation is no exception.

 

Just to get a sense of the numbers, nationwide about 380,000 federal employees from nine departments and several smaller agencies have been forced to go on furlough because of the government shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history. Another 420,000 employees, many who work in public-safety positions, are working without pay because their jobs are considered essential. They were assured of back pay once the shutdown is over, but that doesn’t put gas in the tank or food on the table today.

 

That means abo...