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America's Federal Employment Belt

How the federal government shapes job markets beyond D.C. – in Honolulu, Virginia Beach, and across the Sunbelt.
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During the government shutdown this October, the country turned its eyes to Washington, D.C. in two very different respects – both for its political circus, and for the stories of thousands and thousands of federal workers who were temporarily put out of work.

But the shutdown also made clear how the fortunes of many places across the country outside of Washington, D.C., turn on the federal government. I recently wrote about the federal government’s role in greater Washington D.C.’s knowledge economy.