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WASHINGTON (AP) — Business has plummeted for Washington’s food truck industry due to the government shutdown, forcing some trucks to lay off staff and stay parked at home.

The Washington Post reports sales at several trucks are down 50 percent or more since federal offices closed last week. Josh Saltzman, the co-owner of the PORC truck already decided to take his vehicle off the street.

Food truck owners say they rely heavily on federal workers at L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle, the Navy Yard and near the State Department.

Layth Mansour, the owner of Philadelphia Steak Bites and George’s Buffalo Wings, says sales were down 65 percent last week. He said that if the shutdown wasn’t resolved by Monday, he would have to pull his trucks off the street and lay off workers.

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