D.C. lost hundreds of millions during shutdown

WASHINGTON – The 16-day government shutdown took a staggering toll on the economy in and around D.C.

Every day of the shutdown across the metro area, $217 million worth of federal and contractor wages were canceled or deferred, according to recent figures obtained by the National Journal.

Per week, D.C. lost $44 million in economic activity and $6 million in tax revenue, the National Journal reports.

The first week of October also saw a dip in restaurant and hotel activity, the figures show.

When compared to the same week in 2012, there was a 7 percent drop in restaurant traffic and an 8.3 percent decline in hotel bookings, the National Journal reports.

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