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A large portion of the federal government is shut down today, after House Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a compromise on spending.

The first shutdown in seventeen years affects more than 800,000 federal workers, who are now off the job until further notice, including 12,000 Montanans, and almost 2,000 residents of Lewis and Clark County.  President Obama did sign a law making sure members of the military get paid, but calls to officials at Fort Harrison went straight to a voicemail saying they are quote “Unavailable due to the current government shutdown and will remain on furlough until the federal budget is approved.” end quote.  National parks are closed and park websites are down today.
National Forest Service offices, campgrounds and picnic areas are also closed.  WIC, a program that provides nutritional assistance for women infants and children, has lost funding due to the shutdown.

Some agencies not affected include the U.S. Postal Service, federal courts and Veterans Affairs services.

We caught up with Governor Steve Bullock today who says state officials are trying to find ways to make sure Montanans are not affected by the shutdown

Bullock: "The state level, what we've been doing is taking a look at it making sure that state services aren't impacted and even those employees that have federal funds involved, we've told them come to work today and hopefully Washington DC gets its act together."

Bullock also says he hopes the issue is resolved before the effects trickle down to the state government level.

Government Shutdown
- 800,000 federal workers off the job until further notice
   - Including about 12,000 Montanans, and almost 2,000
     people in L&C County
- Montana National Guard on furlough
- National Parks are closed and websites are down
- National Forest Service offices, campgrounds and picnic areas closed
- WIC Nutritional Assistance Program loses funding (NOTE: Lewis and Clark County WIC Program is running as usual for the time being, according to Gayle Shirley of the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department.)

 Here is a count-by-county info updated as of September 18th:   

Area

Ownership

January Employment

February Employment

March Employment

Total Quarterly Wages

Average Weekly Wage

Montana -- Statewide

Federal Government

12,419

12,348

12,373

187,261,963

1,164

Beaverhead County, Montana

Federal Government

156

153

159

2,096,508

1,034

Big Horn County, Montana

Federal Government

386

369

376

4,574,316

933

Blaine County, Montana

Federal Government

171

170

176

2,084,241

930

Broadwater County, Montana

Federal Government

35

30

31

295,140

709

Carbon County, Montana

Federal Government

80

81

81

1,199,277

1,144

Carter County, Montana

Federal Government

16

12

14

110,304

606

Cascade County, Montana

Federal Government

1,656

1,630

1,624

24,211,936

1,138

Chouteau County, Montana

Federal Government

30

28

31

264,124

685

Custer County, Montana

Federal Government

180

176

180

2,494,163

1,074

Daniels County, Montana

Federal Government

23

20

20

174,283

638

Dawson County, Montana

Federal Government

30

33

28

421,627

1,069

Deer Lodge County, Montana

Federal Government

85

87

85

1,089,562

978

Fallon County, Montana

Federal Government

13

13

13

149,513

885

Fergus County, Montana

Federal Government

131

125

131

1,604,912

957

Flathead County, Montana

Federal Government

623

611

625

9,100,768

1,130

Gallatin County, Montana

Federal Government

585

583

599

8,574,902

1,120

Garfield County, Montana

Federal Government

23

20

22

194,808

692

Glacier County, Montana

Federal Government

383

383

384

4,989,855

1,001

Golden Valley County, Montana

Federal Government

9

9

7

35,534

328

Granite County, Montana

Federal Government

23

26

25

306,552

956

Hill County, Montana

Federal Government

164

163

165

2,945,746

1,382

Jefferson County, Montana

Federal Government

32

31

33

360,168

866

Judith Basin County, Montana

Federal Government

24

24

27

194,427

598

Lake County, Montana

Federal Government

75

75

78

930,676

942

Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Federal Government

1,883

1,883

1,851

31,497,413

1,294

Liberty County, Montana

Federal Government

20

26

20

232,547

813

Lincoln County, Montana

Federal Government

350

351

359

5,835,846

1,271

McCone County, Montana

Federal Government

18

19

22

221,609

867

Madison County, Montana

Federal Government

54

49

51

570,634

855

Meagher County, Montana

Federal Government

21

18

18

192,348

779

Mineral County, Montana

Federal Government

33

35

30

426,322

1,004

Missoula County, Montana

Federal Government

1,256

1,260

1,256

20,602,326

1,260

Musselshell County, Montana

Federal Government

12

16

14

153,442

843

Park County, Montana

Federal Government

57

60

56

673,144

898

Petroleum County, Montana

Federal Government

5

5

5

44,569

686

Phillips County, Montana

Federal Government

70

71

77

1,054,247

1,116

Pondera County, Montana

Federal Government

31

30

28

337,598

875

Powder River County, Montana

Federal Government

11

12

10

118,949

832

Powell County, Montana

Federal Government

74

72

77

1,066,850

1,104

Prairie County, Montana

Federal Government

36

37

41

739,896

1,498

Ravalli County, Montana

Federal Government

484

479

482

6,566,985

1,049

Richland County, Montana

Federal Government

82

77

76

1,020,389

1,002

Roosevelt County, Montana

Federal Government

185

185

182

2,278,570

953

Rosebud County, Montana

Federal Government

213

207

219

2,762,635

998

Sanders County, Montana

Federal Government

96

95

100

1,322,616

1,049

Sheridan County, Montana

Federal Government

78

78

75

1,305,810

1,305

Silver Bow County, Montana

Federal Government

250

255

250

3,856,090

1,179

Stillwater County, Montana

Federal Government

30

33

32

336,438

817

Sweet Grass County, Montana

Federal Government

21

18

21

210,108

808

Teton County, Montana

Federal Government

46

44

47

488,160

822

Toole County, Montana

Federal Government

183

175

173

3,476,348

1,511

Treasure County, Montana

Federal Government

5

6

6

48,196

654

Valley County, Montana

Federal Government

125

129

133

2,090,839

1,247

Wheatland County, Montana

Federal Government

20

18

19

194,733

788

Wibaux County, Montana

Federal Government

8

14

12

75,158

510

Yellowstone County, Montana

Federal Government

1,698

1,709

1,689

28,512,485

1,291

Unknown Or Undefined, Montana

Federal Government

31

30

28

545,321

1,414

 

Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2013 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.


 

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