Sequestration Could Hurt Thousands of Federal Workers, Retirees in MN

Minnesota has about 59,000 federal employees and retirees. See where they’re located and which agencies they work for in Patch’s interactive table.

Washington, D.C., may be the hub of the federal workforce, but Minnesota has tens of thousands of federal employees and retirees who could be hurt by the looming sequestration crisis.

If the president and Congress can’t strike a deal by Friday would automatically kick in. That would force more than a million federal employees to take unpaid leave, according to the Washington Post.

Minnesota, alone, has about 59,000 federal employees and retirees. Hennepin County accounts for 16,780 of that total, or about 28 percent. Most of those are federal retirees or Veterans Affairs and Postal Service employees.

Use the table above to see how many federal employees and retirees Minnesota’s counties have. Just use the search box to select the county you’d like to see then click on “Details” in the results to see which agencies they work for.

When you’re done, share your thoughts in the comments section below about how you think the sequestration could affect your community.

rob_h78 February 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Hey - I agree - Conservatives have been telling us for decades that government spending does not create jobs - so only a fool would believe that cutting government spending can cost anyone a job. Government Spending Does Not Create Jobs - and Government Lack of Spending Cannot Cut Jobs. As for cutting waste - again agreed - however all spending starts in the House which the Republicans control and they are free to put forth whatever very specific spending proposals they want - no reason to wait for the over spending, spineless, liberals to cut spending - Conservatives have it in their power to propose big and specific cuts - they could simply put the programs and dollar amounts to cut on a white board and hold a press conference so the American people - well Real Americans - could rally behind them and force the Democrats hand.
Shawn Aune March 03, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Cuts are very necessary. Especially from the defense budget. So are major tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. Capital gains taxes are the best place to start. Many people have way more than they need to live well. That would be OK in a world where resources are infinite but we don't live in that world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM
Shawn Aune March 03, 2013 at 08:46 PM
From Sarah Palin Feb 26th... If we can’t stomach modest cuts that would lower federal spending by a mere 0.3% per year out of a current federal budget of $3.6 trillion, then we might as well signal to the whole world that we have no serious intention of dealing with our debt problem. If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.
Heyitsme March 05, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I was a federal worker at a Army base 60 miles north of DC. Every year we heard this stuff...all they do is hold our paychecks and back pay us once the budget is passed. The temporaries and contract workers were laid off. Military members (my husband) were not paid for weeks but got back pay. Travel and extra stuff like supplies were cut. But it always worked out. This talk of mass personnel cuts is just that, talk.
Nancy E Gertner March 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM
During my time on active duty in the military we had tuition assistance benefits cut and changes that were timed to the beginning or end of the fiscal year, if Congress had not voted on a budget, and instead had a continuing resolution. I do not equate Sequestration (reduced funding authority) with continuing resolution (funding same as previous fiscal cycle).


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