President Trump has been warning about the dangers of a government shutdown, but a new report suggests the threat is real.
The report from the nonprofit Institute for Policy Innovation and the Brookings Institution, says the shutdown threat has been exaggerated and is largely symbolic.
The report, “The End of a Good Job?
The End of the American Job Market,” was released Friday and was based on interviews with nearly 3,000 former and current federal and private sector workers.
It says more than two-thirds of those surveyed said they were working part time or not at all to make ends meet.
Only about 1 percent of the respondents said they had been laid off for health reasons or because of a strike.
About 70 percent of those polled said they could not afford to pay their rent, utilities, food or child care bills.
Only 2 percent said they received benefits from the government.
About 40 percent of people surveyed said that the shutdown had caused them to leave the country, with the remaining 40 percent saying they were staying home or working part-time because of the shutdown.
The authors say that while the government has a lot of problems, it’s the economy that is at risk.
They say the report says the Trump administration has been focusing on two problems at the same time: raising the federal minimum wage and raising taxes.