But such stories underscore an irony of the shutdown: Federal jobs have long been seen as being among the most stable, even though now they are anything but.
Federal courts, which have been open and operating despite the shutdown, could be close to running out of money. Some courts have delayed civil cases, and court-appointed lawyers have not been paid at all.
The rippling effects on the economy
The White House admitted recently that the shutdown has had a far greater toll on the United States economy than previously thought.
Americans are confident in their own finances, but have become increasingly concerned about the economy overall during the shutdown, according to a recent poll conducted for The New York Times by the online research firm SurveyMonkey.
Low-income Americans whose leases are subsidized by the government are worried about their rent because the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is closed, cannot make payments to landlords.
Legions of contractors are out of work and, unlike federal employees working without pay, they have no expectation of recovering the missed wages.
For American farmers, the shutdown has compounded concerns about Mr. Trump’s trade war with China. To ease their pain, the president created a $12 billion bailout fund, but that is frozen because of the shutdown. On Wednesday, the Agriculture Department said that it would temporarily call back about 2,500 workers to help farmers and ranchers with existing loans and to provide them with necessary tax documents.
The shutdown has had cascading effects, too. Craft beer brewers, for example, can’t get approval for new equipment or for labels on new lines of beer until their Treasury Department regulators return to work. And young people across the country have been affected in various ways, from having to worry with their parents over lost jobs and wages to being unable to pay tuition or file financial aid forms.