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Where Uncle Sam Goes to Work.

By Dante Chinni

photo-9If the Congress isn’t able to strike a deal to fund the government beyond Oct. 1, federal operations could largely shut down for an indefinite period. For the overwhelming majority of Americans, the impacts may be minor: Employees deemed ‘essential’ will stay on the job, while the vast majority of communities host relatively small numbers of federal jobs. The national average for U.S. counties where federal positions are located is 2.1% of total jobs, and more than four-fifths fall below that figure. There are a few exceptions-federal employment makes up about 29.1% of the workforce in Washington, D.C., and in a few counties scattered around the country the percentage is even higher.

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Federal jobs are distributed very unevenly throughout the country.


Source: The Wall Street Journal.