Shutdown woes extend beyond US federal employees
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The economic impact of the United States (US) government shutdown fell first on the federal employees sent home from their jobs, but it may fall hardest on often low-paid support workers in the private sector.
In the US capital, thousands of nannies, plumbers, sandwich makers, IT workers and others have been brutally reminded that their employment also relies on government, albeit indirectly.
And, although lawmakers and President Barack Obama are seeking a way to guarantee back pay for federal employees, there is little hope that those outside the government will recoup their losses.
Mr Aboubakarim Ndao, a 24-year-old Senegalese immigrant and father of two, works at Au Bon Pain, a popular cafeteria chain that sells pastries, sandwiches, salads and other light fare.