More fed workers expected to seek unemployment

Oct 09, 2013 -- 10:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state labor department is expecting an increase in the number of federal workers seeking unemployment due to the partial federal government shutdown. The shutdown began last week, after the House and Senate failed to come to terms on a plan for continued government funding. It resulted in thousands of government workers being furloughed. KTOO reports that depending on how long the shutdown lasts and individual eligibility, the state would pay furloughed workers from the unemployment insurance fund. The state would then bill the federal government for reimbursement. Virginia Calloway, acting chief of unemployment insurance for the state, said it's unclear whether workers who receive unemployment would have to repay it if they are retroactively paid for the time they were on furlough.

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