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October 10, 2013
Almost 34,000 Government Workers Apply for Unemployment
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The Washington Free Beacon:

Nearly 34,000 federal workers applied for unemployment benefits in the first week of the shutdown, according to government agencies.

A total of 16,078 furloughed workers in Maryland have applied for unemployment as of Sunday night, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The agency only receives 3,000 claims from federal workers all year on average.

Washington, D.C., has also seen a “surge” in claims, as 9,000 federal government employees applied for benefits in the shutdown’s first three days. The total surpassed 10,000 by Monday.

Unemployment claims in northern Virginia jumped by 3,500, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) office in Alexandria, which serves Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church.

Joyce Fogg, a spokesperson for the Alexandria office, told the Washington Free Beacon that 959 federal workers were among those who applied between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. The 3,500-increase in claims also likely represents government contractors who have been affected by the shutdown, she said.

Checks will start going out on Oct. 14, at a maximum of $378 a week.

 

10/10/13 4:02 AM
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