Unemployment claims increase as shutdown continues
October 15th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
6 months ago

Unemployment claims increase as shutdown continues

Washington (CNN) - The number of furloughed federal government workers applying for unemployment assistance is continuing to rise as the partial government shutdown continues into its third week.

States with large numbers of federal employees are seeing a flood of such applications, and may see more if an agreement is not reached soon to reopen the government.

In Maryland alone, almost 20,000 new applications from furloughed federal workers have been submitted according to Maureen O'Connor, a spokeswoman for Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. That state usually receives between 2,500 and 3,500 claims per year from federal workers.

In neighboring Virginia, over 5,000 applications have come in from furloughed workers, most of them by mail. Virginia Employment Commission spokeswoman Joyce Fogg tells CNN the state will begin issuing payments on Wednesday.

And in the District of Columbia, birthplace of the shutdown, the Department of Employment Services has received over 15,000 requests for unemployment assistance in the past 15 days according to spokeswoman Najla Haywood. The city usually receives about 30,000 applications a year when the city's unemployment rate is between 8% and 9%.

Workers who receive unemployment benefits through their state may have to return the money if congress decides to pay them retroactively, as it has in previous shutdowns. The House has already passed a bill that would guarantee back pay to furloughed employees but the Senate does not plan to bring the measure up for a vote until after the shutdown ends.

Rules for filling a claim vary from state to state, and some workers may have to wait longer than others to receive payment.

Washington (CNN) - The number of furloughed federal government workers applying for unemployment assistance is continuing to rise as the partial government shutdown continues into its third week.

States with large numbers of federal employees are seeing a flood of such applications, and may see more if an agreement is not reached soon to reopen the government.

In Maryland alone, almost 20,000 new applications from furloughed federal workers have been submitted according to Maureen O'Connor, a spokeswoman for Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. That state usually receives between 2,500 and 3,500 claims per year from federal workers.

In neighboring Virginia, over 5,000 applications have come in from furloughed workers, most of them by mail. Virginia Employment Commission spokeswoman Joyce Fogg tells CNN the state will begin issuing payments on Wednesday.

And in the District of Columbia, birthplace of the shutdown, the Department of Employment Services has received over 15,000 requests for unemployment assistance in the past 15 days according to spokeswoman Najla Haywood. The city usually receives about 30,000 applications a year when the city's unemployment rate is between 8% and 9%.

Workers who receive unemployment benefits through their state may have to return the money if congress decides to pay them retroactively, as it has in previous shutdowns. The House has already passed a bill that would guarantee back pay to furloughed employees but the Senate does not plan to bring the measure up for a vote until after the shutdown ends.

Rules for filling a claim vary from state to state, and some workers may have to wait longer than others to receive payment.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Maryland • unemployment • Virginia • Washington D.C.
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Do tea trolls, GOP thugs know that USA is hating these idiots? I pity on these brainless thugs of Al Queda in America.

    October 15, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Hopefully, these folks are registered to vote.

    October 15, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    As I recall, one of the periodic rightie posters on here said something to the effect that unemployed Federal workers was a good thing since"...they can go out and get real jobs". Easier said than done, especially since many of those workers would be reluctant to trade in their jobs for one that pays a fraction of what they wer earning before. This is one of the consequences of the shutdown: more strain being put on what is left of the tax base to support more people who the GOP feels are expendable. Since when are Americans expendable? Only when the fringe of the GOP is in a OCD-inspired rage and will stop at nothing to get what it wants. Oh, I feel more free already, with more people on unemployment.

    October 15, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Hopefully, these folks are registered to vote."

    Don't worry, the GOP/Teatrolls are working on a way to disenfranchise them ASAP.

    October 15, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Data Driven

    Hopefully, these folks are registered to vote.
    **************
    The GOP will work to supress their votes as well.

    October 15, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Government workers collecting unemployment. This should play quite nicely into the alternate reality narrative. Double Dippin'.

    October 15, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls: "This is great news!!!! Mission Accomplished!!!!"

    October 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. tiscali.it

    of course that is what the repugs wanted..
    their aim is to disgrace the Black man in office

    October 15, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Give them a week after the gov't shutdown and they GOP/Teatrolls will be citing these unemployment increases as though the shutdown never happened and as though the vast majority of 'Murkins didn't blame them for it. It's a great example of why they've been pulling these economically toxic stunts in the first place.

    October 15, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. smith

    Govt. employee`s will be back paid when the shutdown ends and prob will not have to pay back unemployment benefits.I think its time to suspend the senated and the house`s paycheck.

    October 15, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Ol' Yeller

    @Data Driven "Hopefully, these folks are registered to vote."
    If they have their state ID, gun permit, and voter ID along with three other forms of photo ID. They will also need to show up at the polls between 2 and 4 on the third Friday after the full moon.

    October 15, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Why won't the Speaker of the House put a Clean Spending Bill on the Floor for a vote !

    Where are the Jobs Mr Speaker ?

    October 15, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Duuuuh.....Surprised?

    October 15, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Govt. employee`s will be back paid when the shutdown ends and prob will not have to pay back unemployment benefits."

    If they receive back pay, it is the law that they pay back the unemployment benefits. It's not negotiable, so stop fabricating nonsense just to upset yourself. It's like you guys have a toothache and can't stop playing with it because you don't feel normal or alive without the pain and when someone threatens to remove it from you, you desperately cling to it because you're so used to and dependent upon it being there.

    October 15, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. rs

    The GOP in action: "fix" the economy and government spending by driving up unemployment. Get it now? It NEVER was about curtailing spending for the GOP.

    October 15, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |