According to most of the articles explaining the implications of the federal government shutdown on government employees quote these number: 420,000 essential employees are working without pay and 380,000 employees aren’t working and aren’t being paid.

But more recent articles have also talked about employees of contractors who work for the federal government. These contractors are not getting paid and probably won’t get catch up pay when the shutdown ends. So they are at bigger financial risk that actual federal employees.

So my big question is: are these contractors included in the rough count or are they just collateral damage?

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