About 3,500 civilian employees at MacDill Air Force Base can look at today as an extra day off, but no matter how you look at it, it's an unpaid furlough day.
The employees are being forced to take today off - and this is just one of several furlough days scheduled for this year.
MacDill officials say this will be hard on a lot of these employees and their families. On average, they stand to lose about $4,000 this year because of the cuts.
The furlough days were ordered by the Defense Department after automatic federal spending cuts went into effect March 1. Each employee is take 11 furlough days through the end of September.
Overall, the federal government estimates it will save about $8 million.
We're told those off today include about 2,200 at the 6th Air Mobility Wing, 900 employees at U.S. Special Operations Command and more than 450 at U.S. Central Command.
And keep in mind this could hurt many some Bay area businesses as well. A lot of local restaurants fear they may lose out on business because less people will be looking for lunch today.
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