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While the federal government shutdown on Oct. 2 put an estimated 800,000 federal workers on furlough – they will return to their taxpayer-funded jobs, with back-pay, when the shutdown ends — the national unemployment rate is still 7.3% and there are 11.3 million Americans out of work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, the number of Americans who have decided, for whatever reason, to not participate in the labor force is 90.4 million, a number up nearly 10 million since Barack Obama was inaugurated president in January 2009.

The number furloughed, 800,000, is 0.8% of the total number of Americans not even participating in the work force.