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Discouraging news for the military in this shutdown chart

Oct. 14, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By BARRY ROSENBERG   |   Comments
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What do you see when you look at this infographic about government furloughs caused by the government shutdown? What I see in this interactive chart from geospatial specialist Esri is that the shutdown affects primarily military personnel and civilians working for the military.

Six of the 10 cities most affected by the federal government shutdown can be considered major military towns. For example, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News region that is home to one of the Navy’s largest facilities — Naval Station Norfolk — is No. 3 on the list.

Honolulu is fourth on the list because of another military base, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and because the city serves as the headquarters for Pacific Command.

In the list of the 10 most affected cities, the Air Force accounts for three of them: Dayton, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. Dayton is No. 5 on the list due to it being the home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Aeronautical Systems Center and Air Force Research Laboratory) and Air Force Materiel Command. Colorado Springs has the dubious distinction of being No. 7 because it is home to the Air Force Academy, and Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, as well as NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).

Oklahoma City joins the list in the No. 8 slot due to the presence of five military installations, three of which are air bases, including Tinker AFB, which is responsible for about 37,000 military and civilian jobs as one of the Air Force’s major maintenance depots.

El Paso, Texas, is No. 6 on the list and has been hit particularly hard by the government shutdown as its median household income is way below the national average and unemployment is two points higher than the national average, according to the Esri chart. El Paso is home to Fort Bliss, the Army’s second largest installation in the country.


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