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Government Shutdown Causes Federal Workers to Look for New Jobs

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As the longest-ever government shutdown enters its second month, federal workers are looking for new jobs. It’s no surprise that as they approach another pay period without a check, federal workers across the U.S. are actively searching for something new.

According to new Glassdoor researchthe number of workers from affected federal agencies looking for jobs on Glassdoor has increased by 10 percent. To put that in concrete terms, with 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay—a 10 percent increase in the normal rate of workers quitting would correspond to an additional 400 workers leaving the federal workforce every month.

Plus, our research shows that the shutdown is causing Americans to have less faith in the traditional security of government jobs, thus deterring candidates from applying to jobs at federal agencies. The number of applications on Glassdoor to jobs at affected federal agencies has dropped by a staggering 46 percent and the trend continues to worsen.



While the impact on current workers is significant for their financial well-being, the shutdown may threaten the long-term attractiveness of the government as an employer,” says Glassdoor’s Senior Economist and Data Scientist. “In a labor market with record-low unemployment where the government is already competing fiercely with the private sector for scarce workers, the shutdown is an added hit to the government’s ability to attract top-tier talent—an effect that may last long past the end of the shutdown.”

If the impact of the government shutdown continues on once employees are back to work, it will have significant impacts on our economy, which is why so many people are considering a new job or career change.

A quick option may be to start driving for a rideshare service. “We understand the stress the current government shutdown is placing on furloughed employees and their families and encourage those in need of extra income to consider driving with Lyft,” says the company. “Driving is a reliable way to make ends meet and can help these workers fill in the gap during this uncertain time.”

Here at Glassdoor, we want to help. If you or your family is affected by the shutdown, here are a few resources for landing a new job or making money in the meantime:

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