WSU to study impact of government shutdown on northern Utah

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The Capitol iat sunset after the Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals for ending the partial government shutdown, which is the longest in the nation’s history, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Weber State University has announced that they will be conducting a study to determine the impacts of the longest government shutdown in US history. The study will be run by WSU’s Center for Engaged Learning-Research Extension.

It is being done in partnership with Ogden City, Weber County, and Davis County as well as the impact on Department of Workforce Services and other local nonprofits.

The study will be formed from data collected in three different surveys.

The first survey will explore the issues faced by federal government employees who were furloughed or asked to work without pay during the shutdown, the second survey will help determine the impact for nonprofit organizations and the third survey will assess the cost to local businesses, particularly those located in close proximity to offices that house federal employees. 

“Between the Internal Revenue Service, the Forest Service, and other government entities, more than 5,000 federal government employees work in Weber County,” said Guy Letendre, WSU’s economic development director. “The effects on individuals and the ripple effect on our economy should be studied.”

WSU believes the information gained from the surveys will provide valuable insights into the effect of a government shutdown on local economies and government employees. Additionally, it could help prepare for future government shutdowns or other mass disruptions to the local workforce.

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