(Reuters) - Engineering firm URS Corp
URS, which builds energy and other industrial projects, has furloughed about 3,000 workers, while BAE Systems said about 1,200 employees from its intelligence & security and support business had been told not to report to work for now.
Companies have announced at least 6,600 workers have been put on furlough due to the 10-day shutdown.
The shutdown was triggered after Congress failed to reach an agreement on funding for the new fiscal year due to a standoff over healthcare reforms.
A prolonged budget impasse could have seriously damaging consequences for the U.S. and global economies, with retailers, healthcare companies and weapons makers warning of project delays, employee furloughs and other impacts.
U.S. jobless claims touched a six-month high last week, partly due to the shutdown.
The negotiations over the budget are complicated by simultaneous talks to raise the debt ceiling to stave off a possible default after October 17.
The furloughs at URS and other companies such as weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp
"The government shutdown, the continuing effects of sequestration, and uncertainty about the federal budget are all having negative impacts on URS and many other government contractors," said URS CFO H. Thomas Hicks.
URS counts the U.S. departments of defense, homeland security, state and treasury as its customers.
URS and Lockheed also warned of an increase in number of employee furloughs if the shutdown continued.
A few defense contractors, including United Technologies Corp
(Reporting by Garima Goel in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)