Sometimes a picture can help make sense of a situation. This visualisation shows the proportion of government employees who are currently furloughed. It's as grim as the rest of the shutdown news.
Put together by Dan Delany, it's a simple yet striking visualisation. The graphic breaks down employees in each department by those who are furloughed and those who are exempt — because they work in law enforcement, health and safety, are financed from available funds, or are busy protecting life.