Federal workers not being paid right now during the country’s longest-ever government shutdown are driving for Uber to help make ends meet, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“We haven’t quantified [how many new drivers have joined], but it’s definitely happening in D.C., and it’s happening to the most needy. We’re hoping that this ends,” he said. The impact is apparently limited: Some furloughed workers driving Uber told the New York Times that their Uber earnings helped with car insurance and gas but couldn’t make a dent in other expenses.
More than 800,000 federal workers are going without paychecks on day 33 of the government shutdown President Donald Trump began over funding for a controversial border wall. The uptick in D.C.-area Uber drivers show that the gig economy is coming in handy for federal workers during a financially stressful time, but there’s no doubt the employees would rather just get back to their regular jobs.