Where New Hampshire Is Seeing Effects Of The Government Shutdown

Dec 26, 2018

There's a lot the partial government shutdown - which has been ongoing since Saturday - hasn't affected in New Hampshire, including social security payments, the postal service and military personnel.

The U.S. District Court for New Hampshire is also open and will remain so until further notice.

But other federal offices weren't picking up the phone Wednesday.

"Due to a lapse in appropriations, the White Mountain National Forest administrative offices are closed until funding is restored," says the away message for the White Mountain National Forest. The recording adds that while the forest is still open to the public, some amenities may be closed.

The New Hampshire District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration was also closing down due to the partial government shutdown. The SBA provides a variety of services for small businesses in the Granite State, including counseling, loan programs and financial assistance.

SBA Supervisory Economic Development Specialist Rachael Roderick said going without pay around the holidays was difficult. She came into the office Wednesday morning to set her away message and cancel scheduled trainings. “Hopefully it will be over soon,” Roderick said.

According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, federal civilian employment accounts for more than 4,000 jobs in New Hampshire, less than one quarter of one percent of federal jobs nationally.