ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The shutdown is starting to take an economic toll on the St. Louis region. Paychecks stopped for most area federal civilian employees last Tuesday. And that's a lot of money taken out of the local economy.
There are 41,000 federal workers in the metro area. That's as many employees as BJC and Boeing combined. Federal workers make up about 3 percent of the metro workforce. And they spend roughly between a $1.5 billion and $2 billion locally a year.
Four days without pay so far for local federal workers has taken roughly $30 million out of the region's economy.