The government shutdown could have widespread consequences for the US economy

A screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number of the Dow Jones industrial average, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. 

A screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number of the Dow Jones industrial average, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. 

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A screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number of the Dow Jones industrial average, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. 

A screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number of the Dow Jones industrial average, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. 

Photo: Richard Drew

The government shutdown could have widespread consequences for the US economy

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Parts of the federal government have been shut down since late December. It’s created a spate of risks in the largest economy in the world. For example, employment could fall for the first time since 2010.

A partial shutdown of the federal government entered its fourth week Saturday, making it the longest on record. From jobs to food stamps, an impasse over border security has put large swaths of the economy in jeopardy.

“A short-term shutdown does not usually have a big economic effect,” said Donald Moynihan, chair of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. “But at this point we are looking at the longest shutdown in the

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