Hiring took a hit in the United States during the federal government shutdown in October, with U.S. workers reporting job creation at its lowest level in seven months, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.
An average of 35 percent of workers said their employers were adding jobs; 17 percent said they were losing colleagues. The 18-point variance, which Gallup calls its "Job Creation Index," is three points lower than in September, and is the lowest measure since March. From May to September, the index was relatively stable and at its highest levels since before the 2008 financial crisis.
Employees in both the public and private sectors contributed to the low score. But federal, state, and local government workers reported that the hiring situation soured the most for them.