Government Shutdown Puts Americans in Economic Terror

Real information about the economy, however, is unavailable.

Americans are the most anxious they've been over the economy since the financial crisis.
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Patrick Reis
Oct. 4, 2013, 8:56 a.m.

Amer­ic­ans were already nervous about the eco­nomy be­fore the gov­ern­ment shut­down. Now they’re ter­ri­fied.

A Gal­lup poll re­leased Fri­day finds that eco­nom­ic con­fid­ence this week fell to its low­est level since early 2009, when Amer­ic­ans were ex­per­i­en­cing mass lay­offs and the fin­an­cial crisis put the eco­nomy on the brink of col­lapse.

More than 2 out of 3 re­spond­ents said the eco­nomy is get­ting worse.

Gal­lup’s in­dic­at­or puts eco­nom­ic con­fid­ence at neg­at­ive-34 as of Thursday, down 14 points from the eve of the shut­down and down 17 from the start of Septem­ber.

Gal­lup’s poll meas­ures pop­u­lar per­cep­tion of the state of the eco­nomy, but it does not provide any in­form­a­tion on what the eco­nomy is ac­tu­ally do­ing.

More in­form­a­tion on that would typ­ic­ally be avail­able Fri­day, as fed­er­al eco­nom­ists would nor­mally be re­leas­ing their monthly re­port on jobs and em­ploy­ment. That re­port, however, is on hold, be­cause the fed­er­al work­ers re­spons­ible for re­leas­ing it have been idled by the shut­down.

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