Sometimes a picture can help make sense of a situation. This viz shows the proportion of government employees who are currently furloughed. It's as grim as the rest of the shutdown news.
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Put together by Dan Delany, it's a simple yet striking visualization. The graphic breaks down employees in each department by those who are furloughed and those who are exempt—because they work in law enforcement, health & safety, are financed from available funds, or are busy protecting life.
The data was collated into one spreadsheet from a bunch of government-released PDF files if you want to take do something similar yourself. [Dan Delany via Flowing Data]