African Americans and women disproportionately pay the price for austerity and congressional dysfunction
A federal government shutdown would disproportionately impact African Americans.
African Americans make up 19.9% of the federal workforce—
versus 9.8% of the private sector.
At the state and local level, austerity measures disproportionately impact women in the public sector.
Women make up 59.3% of the state and local public sector workforce—
versus 46.6% of the private sector.
Source: Author’s analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata