Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The impact of the shutdown of the federal government on Juneau was outlined on Action Line today (Monday) through data collected by the Juneau Economic Development Council.
Executive Director Brian Holst explained that federal employment accounts for about four percent of employment in Juneau and about seven or eight percent of wages. He said this last payroll represented about a two million dollar loss to the town's economy. Holst added that there's a multiplier effect as well when you taken in to consideration what the workers are not spending and services that aren't being received....
Their research reveals that Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration and postal employees in Juneau are working full force. He said those employees either don't have a choice or have some other funding sources.
Out of about 165 Forest Service employees, only 20 to 30 are working. Of about 180 NOAA workers, he said there are only about 10 to 15 who are actually working. Employees still working for those agencies are not getting paid.
Holst called it a losing situation.