As the government shutdown enters its tenth day, a widening circle of consumers are feeling its effects.
From serious issues such as suspended paychecks, auto recall delays and limited medical care to annoyances like rerouted marathons, canceled weddings and a dearth of king crab on restaurant menus, regular people are starting to see just how big a role government plays in their everyday lives. And experts say the litany of problems will only get longer as the shutdown continues.
"The announcement of the furloughing and the failure to not pay salaries takes several days to kick in," said Richard Ebeling, a professor of economics at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. "This will be rippling through the economy."
Affected consumers and the businesses they frequent will feel more of a pinch once the last pre-shutdown paychecks are sent out this week. Other shutdown effects are likely to be more pronounced as a backlog of permits, inspections and other regulatory requirements to open or operate a business pile up at the shuttered government agencies, Ebeling said.
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A dozen of the disparate effects regular consumers may be experiencing:
About 800,000 federal workers were sent home without pay Oct. 1, although that number is now closer to 450,000 after the Pentagon ordered most of its furloughed employees back to work this week. (See a breakdown from The New York Times on who is working, and who isn't.) A bill to offer employees back pay is working its way through Congress, but many workers are expecting their last paycheck on Friday, Oct. 11—-and a partial paycheck at that.
To make ends meet, furloughed workers have been filing for unemployment benefits, and have even taken to selling items on eBay and Craigslist for cash.