US Government Shutdown Facts and Statistics for 2024

Last Updated on: January 8th, 2024

Here are a few of the most interesting US Government Shutdown facts and statistics I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

US government shutdown statistics 2019

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The United States government shutdowns have become a recurring event in recent years, causing widespread disruption and uncertainty. A government shutdown occurs when the federal government is unable to fund its operations, usually due to a lack of agreement on the federal budget between the executive and legislative branches of government. But what exactly is a government shutdown, and what are its effects?

In this post, we’ll explore a few of the more interesting US Government shutdown statistics and historical factoids. I hope you find this information helpful and interesting.

US Government Shutdown Statistics

First day of the latest government shutdown:

December 22, 2018

Longest US government shutdown prior to 2019:

December 16, 1995 – January 6, 1996 (21 days)

Amount President Donald Trump is requesting to fund a southern border wall before he agrees to re-open the federal government:

$5.7 billion

Additional length of the US/Mexico border that a new border wall would cover:

234 miles

Total number of government workers either furloughed or working without pay during the government shutdown:


Last updated 1/15/19

Number of government workers that are being forced to work without pay during the shutdown:


Last updated 1/15/19

Number of furloughed federal employees:


Last updated 1/13/19

Estimated number of federal contractors impacted by the government shutdown:

1.2 million

Last updated 1/17/19

Estimated daily lost revenue for federal contractors during the shutdown:

$200 million per day

Last updated 1/17/19

Estimated amount the shutdown is costing the US economy weekly:

$1 billion

Last updated 1/9/19

Estimated amount the government shutdown is costing New York City monthly:

$500 million

Last updated 1/17/19

Estimated amount unpaid federal workers owe in mortgage payments during the month of January:

more than $400 million

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. Most of these fun facts come from internet reports and may not be official tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.

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