Local Economic Impact of Government Shutdown

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

The mail and the Social Security checks might still be coming, but the government shutdown may still have some effects locally.

Thousands of area residents are federal employees, from the Bureau of Public Debt to the IRS, and their buying power keeps cities like Parkersburg moving economically.

The mayor is concerned that might affect the economy, if the shutdown goes more than a few days.

"In the 1990's, the government was shut down for a couple of months, I believe," says Mayor Newell. "You're talking about the Christmas season, the buying season, which puts the retailers in the black, generally."

The mayor doesn't anticipate a major impact of the shutdown on user fee collections, but it might have an effect for cities in general whose revenues still depend on business and occupation tax collections.

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