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Impact of federal government shutdown in Minnesota

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The impact of the federal government shutdown is being felt by more Minnesotans Tuesday as the shutdown begins its second week.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, another 148 federal employees were furloughed Tuesday. Some union workers spent time protesting the shutdown marching outside of the Whipple Federal Building in Minneapolis. Employees carried signs and shouted chants showing their frustration.

In all, the Star Tribune says, there are about 19,000 Minnesota federal workers not getting paid, because of the shutdown.

Another 105 workers in the Minnesota Department of Health received notification that Tuesday they will be furloughed by the end of the month if the shutdown does not end.

Minnesota as a whole though is not fairing too bad compared to most of the other states. A study done by financial website Wallet Hub, finds that Minnesota is 48th out of 50-states and the District of Columbia in terms of impact by the federal government shutdown.

Minnesota only ranked in the Top 10 in one measure according to the report, and that was the impact the shutdown will have on federal student aid programs. Wallet Hub said that Minnesota ranked 7th in the number of FAFSA applications per capita during the third quarter of 2013.

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