No information will be coming out next Wednesday about how many people are unemployed because the folks who calculate that information are, well, unemployed.
The state Employment Security Department sent out an email to that effect Friday, stating “the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is closed and hasn’t been able to transfer the necessary data to the states. In addition, nearly all of Employment Security’s labor-market information staff has been furloughed because the federal funds that support the office have been cut off.”
According to the department, the September report was scheduled to be released Oct. 16, but will be delayed indefinitely. “Once the federal office is open again, we will learn if and when there will be a September report,” the email said.