Government shutdown by the numbers

WASHINGTON - The federal government's partial shutdown enters its 10th day Thursday. And whatever the political prospects for Congress to reach a budget agreement that would get every agency and worker back on the job, the actual numbers of furloughed workers remain in flux. But the costs imposed on the nation are rising.

The Office of Personnel Management reported 2, 035,313 civilian federal workers, excluding those in the Postal Service, in June.

Approximately 1.3 million federal workers were exempted from furloughs; about 800,000 were not. With the Defense Department's order last weekend for most civilian workers to return to work, that leaves an estimated 450,000 still furloughed. This number could fluctuate with new emergency recalls or as temporary funding sources for some operations dry up.

At an average yearly salary of $78,500 for full-time civilian employees, those workers collectively are not earning $147.2 million every business day. (Congress has yet to pass legislation calling for them to eventually get paid.)

Meanwhile, members of Congress are still getting paid during the shutdown, although some have expressed their intent to donate an equivalent amount of their salaries to the U.S. Treasury.

Here's how those numbers work out:

$174,000 -- annual salary for rank-and-file Senate and House members

$4,767.10 -- what they'd be docked for 10 days off work

$966,001 -- median net worth of a member of Congress in 2011, based on financial disclosure statements analyzed by

The shutdown's impact on the economy has been estimated and re-estimated based on furlough shifts:

$1.6 billion -- reduction in the gross domestic product in the shutdown's first week, according to the research firm IHS Inc.

$800 million -- impact on GDP in second week

$50 billion -- projected lost economic activity if shutdown extends through Oct. 31, according to Moody's Analytics.

More shutdown metrics:

62 -- percent of Americans in new Associated Press/GfK survey who mainly blame Republicans for the shutdown. About half said they also blame Democrats and President Barack Obama.

$2.1 billion -- the estimated cost, in today's dollars, for the 26-day shutdown in 1995-'96, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

3.8 million -- number of veterans who won't get compensation payments if shutdown continues into late October, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs

5 -- number of scientific research projects stalled at Smithsonian Institution

15 -- number of White House staffers (out of 90) who remain on the job in the residence

5 -- states (or the equivalent) with most federal workers per capita: Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Alaska; Hawaii; Virginia

28,000 -- combined number of furloughed federal workers in D.C. and Maryland who have filed for unemployment compensation.

5 -- states (or the equivalent) with the most federal contracting dollars per capita: Washington, D.C., Virginia, Alaska, New Mexico, Maryland.

3 - percent of NASA employees deemed exempt and still working

95 -- percent of VA employees exempt and still working.

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