In central Oklahoma, where about one of every 20 jobs is related to the government, the pinch figures to be substantial. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber says one study suggests the city area could see the unemployment rate increase by half a percentage point as civilian government workers are let go. Tinker Air Force Base could furlough 15,000 civilian employees; statewide, Air Force furloughs could reach 16,000, resulting in $20.3 million lost in deferred and canceled military work projects.
The government is being made to trim about 2 percent of its overall spending. Certainly, Uncle Sam could otherwise get along just fine without that money. It's the across-the-board nature of the cuts, with defense being particularly hard hit, that make them so irresponsible and, for some, painful.