WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown are beginning to file for unemployment benefits.
Najla Haywood, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Employment Services, says all initial claims for unemployment need to be filed online due to increased demand.
The agency says it is processing claims, but there might be delays for federal workers in order to verify their employment status while their offices are closed. There is a one-week waiting period before benefits are paid.
While many federal workers live in Maryland and Virginia, unemployment claims are generally filed where they work.
A spokeswoman for Maryland's Department of Labor says the state received 4,000 unemployment claims from federal workers Tuesday. That's far more than the state usually receives all year from federal workers.
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