U.S. tech workers are seeing their job prospects brightening amid the federal government shutdown.

The number of federal workers hired in 2016 jumped to 4.9 million, up from 3.9 in 2015, according to the Labor Department’s Labor Force Survey.

The bureau said the job growth was the biggest since 2000.

That is also when the government shutdown hurt the economy, with the federal workforce shedding about 700,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent from 5.9 percent, the lowest in nearly three decades.

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