Well considering a shutdown takes quite some time, it means there are lots of people with various skillsets who are literary thumbling thumbs. Just to wait till they can get their job back.
Since not everyone has the fiscal situation where they can "survive" this long, in effect it means that everyone is "unemployed" and "fired". They will have to look for a new job.
Yet at the same time they aren't in a great position to look for a job. (Typically they work at the government since their skillset so happens to lead to a governmental job).
So what backbone does the US have to pay for those people? Since even in the process of a shutdown food still has to be bought, and bills still have to be paid.
Is there some "reserve" these people can fall back on? Or can they request credit and ask the government to pay any interest since they would've gotten the job (and thus money) normally?