(NEWS CENTER) -- While the government shutdown continues, there was some good news for many federal workers in Maine. Of the 406 soldiers and airmen with the Maine National Guard who were furloughed, all but 16 have been recalled, as have the 1500 workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. They are all considered necessary for military readiness.
Staff Sergeant Charlene Nelson, who helps soldiers get the educational incentives they're due, said she was "grateful" to be back at work after a stressful furlough week. "I was frustrated. I was stressed. Not knowing the uncertainty of having a paycheck is very stressful and a financial hardship on your family."
Still, there was a sense of uncertainty at both places. National Guard soldiers and airmen faced furloughs because of sequestration earlier in the year, and shipyard workers had been told they would be furloughed, only to be spared. Workers are concerned about further sequestration cuts, and about what might happen if the debt limit is reached.
Paul O'Connor, the President of the Metal Trades Council at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard said, "With the threat of furlough hanging over our heads on a day to day basis, how can we plan for our future? It's very stressful, and it's absolutely, completely unneccessary."
44 state employees whose jobs are at least partially funded by the federal government's Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs or Emergency
Management remain furloughed, too.