The end of the federal government's shutdown was a relief for James Ulrich, an unemployed man who needs a replacement Social Security card but had been unable to get one from the Social Security office in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.
"They just said, 'We're not issuing new or (replacement) Social Security cards right now, so you're going to have to wait until the government's back up and running.' ... So we waited until last night, when we heard it was open, and rushed over here this morning," said Ulrich, 19.
Ulrich's old Social Security card had been lost during a move. Lacking a replacement, he has been unable to apply for jobs.
"Pretty frustrating, because I know I can work," said Ulrich, a high school dropout who needs a job while he studies for his GED.
Adding insult to injury, Ulrich was told Thursday that a replacement card would take another two weeks to arrive. So, in all, his job search will have been delayed more than a month.
"I don't have a really good outlook on the government," he said.