Has US shutdown stopped small businesses hiring?
8 November 2013 Last updated at 11:27 GMT
The US economy grew at a healthy pace in the three months to the end of September - however, that was before the government shutdown.
Mariko Oi travelled to New Jersey and heard how the political uncertainty had affected small businesses there.
Starlite Productions boss Dean Danowitz said: "You're trying to build something and the government in many ways is getting in the way."