WASHINGTON - The federal government shutdown for the first half of October, imposed by tea party Republicans who refused to fund the government unless they could kill the Affordable Care Act, pushed the nation's jobless rate up that month by 0.1percent to 7.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
Defunding Obamacare by undemocratic means was to be the first trophy in a power play by a reactionary clique and their big-pocketed financial backers.
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent from August to September, to 7.2 percent, the BLS said. The partial federal shutdown/lockout sent all of the BLS staff home in the first two weeks of October and delayed release of the results.
The government shutdown may be officially over but its estimated cost of $24 billion to the American taxpayers will continue to rise every day for a long time to come.
The agreement to end the shutdown and suspend the debt ceiling is a political victory for President Obama and a defeat for the tea party.
The democratic process was kidnapped by Republicans (and seven Democrats) in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 1.
The solution, in any case, is only temporary with another showdown or shutdown possible again early next year.
It's hurting our communities, said demonstrators in downtown Detroit protesting the tea party led government shutdown.
Workers, their unions and lawmakers joined hands Oct. 10 outside the Capitol to demand that Republican House Speaker John Boehner allow a vote on legislation to open the government and raise the debt ceiling.
There has been precious little discussion of what the gridlock means to workers and their families outside the Capitol Beltway.