By Eames Yates
August 7, 2013
Valdosta, GA - The Defense Department is cutting the number of unpaid furlough days from eleven to six for its civilian employees. 500 of which work at Moody, and businesses in the area say it'll make a big difference.
Jim Mulgrew, Thai Mobile: "The whole population here in Valdosta, a lot of it does rotate around Moody. The people that are here, the money that they spend, the kids that they got in schools, the housing, everything. It does effect everybody."
Especially local businesses, which would be in big trouble without the base.
Billy Gustafson, Pet Palace of Bemiss: "Furlough days is money out of their pockets and money out of our pockets. And Moody is about 85 to 90 percent of our business. If it wasn't for them we would have to shut our doors."
The eleven furlough day schedule had already been in effect for the last month. Each civilian worker had one unpaid day off a week. Local businesses hope the furlough reduction will change what has otherwise been a tough month.
Freddy Mikell, Bemiss Hardware: "They're not spending. They're not buying anything unless they have to because they don't have the money to spend.
Civilian employees have two more weeks with one unpaid furlough day each before it's back to business as usual.
About 650,000 civilian workers around the world have been affected by the recent furlough days.