Sequestration Budget Cuts: Where Do Federal Employees Work?
There are more than 90,000 federal employees in Michigan. Click on Wayne County in the interactive chart below to find out how many there are here and hover over the bars to see which departments they work for.
- February 28, 2013
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect nearly 9,000 federal employees working in Wayne County.
Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade.
The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Michigan by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment.
On Sunday, the Obama administration released a report that showed Michigan could see millions of dollars in federal cuts if the sequester takes effect.
No one knows for certain what the sequestration cuts—some $85 billion hitting the education, business, health care and military sectors—will mean exactly.
Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston estimated this week that the district would see a loss of $1 million in funding—or a 5.3 percent cut "across the board," according to his calculations.
“A cut to funding is always going to mean a loss of jobs,” Whiston added.
Even if the March 1 federal cuts are enacted, the full effects would not be felt immediately. The government is required to alert impacted agencies of what cuts are to be made and what workers are to be furloughed.
(U.S. Postal Service Employees are excluded in this count. The USPS receives no tax dollars in its operations and would not be affected by the sequestration cuts.)
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