The government shutdown could have widespread consequences for the US economy

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Parts of the federal government have been shut down since late December. It’s created a spate of risks in the largest economy in the world. For example, employment could fall for the first time since 2010.

A partial shutdown of the federal government entered its fourth week Saturday, making it the longest on record. From jobs to food stamps, an impasse over border security has put large swaths of the economy

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