Unpaid mortgages, burned savings, food bank visits — those were some of the consequences for workers during the longest U.S. government shutdown that ended last month, according to Prudential Financial Inc.
More than a quarter of federal employees missed a mortgage or rent payment during the shutdown, while 49% fell behind on bills in general, according to the Prudential survey of 352 federal workers, contractors and spouses. Even though government workers are more likely to have emergency savings compared with the general public, many depleted most or all of that cushion, the poll showed.
“Boy, this is really tough — it is really a wake-up call for them, and for everybody else, that emergency savings matter,” Jamie Kalamarides, president of Prudential Group Insurance, said in a phone interview. “It really shines a spotlight on the financial distress that a majority of American workers have, because they lack the tools to withstand a brief disruption of income.’”
The survey by Prudential, the second-largest U.S. life insurer, is timely: Negotiators in Washington who are trying to avert yet another shutdown ahead of a deadline this week are awaiting word on whether President Donald Trump will approve a tentative deal.