(AL.com) — The government shutdown that started Saturday, Dec. 22 has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers on the job without a check while others wait to see how the impasse will be resolved and if they will be paid.
Thousands of Alabama workers have also been left waiting and wondering.
In Alabama, there are 5,494 employees at agencies without funding and subject to the shutdown, according to data from Governing.com. About half of these work at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, with some 95 percent of NASA employees furloughed. Critical mission work continues at Marshall, according to the agency.
Alabama has more than 50,000 federal workers – including post office employees. The largest government employers are the Army (17,500) and Department of Veterans Affairs (6,300), both of which are covered by earlier funding agreements and not subject to the shutdown.