The U.S. economy will likely resume its steady growth now that the government has reopened, though economists say some scars — for the nation and for federal workers — will take time to heal.
Most analysts estimate that the partial shutdown shaved a few tenths of a percentage point from annual economic growth in the first three months of 2019. They say growth should rebound, though some of the money federal workers and contractors didn’t spend in the past five weeks will never be made up. Many federal workers had to visit food banks, and air travel at major hubs was disrupted.
President Donald Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks after having forced the shutdown in hopes of securing billions for a wall on the Mexico border.