COLUMBIA, SC The federal government shutdown has caused some 40 federal government employees at the U.S. Attorney office in South Carolina to be furloughed.
About 35 percent of our workforce has been furloughed, U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles said Thursday.
The U.S. Attorneys offices across South Carolina employ about 114 people, many of them criminal prosecutors.
Nettles said most furloughs so far are in administrative and support staff, although some lawyers working civil cases have been furloughed.
Although most federal prosecutors are still working on criminal cases, they would likely be affected in the shutdown continues, he said.
People should not believe that two days into the shutdown, they have seen the full effects of a prolonged shutdown, Nettles said.
The longer this continues, the more acute and crippling this is going to be.
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