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Unemployment Claims Go Up During Shutdown

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While the shutdown may be over, we're far from escaping the terror it caused. Here in Spokane, many government workers were furloughed and are supposed to receive backpay. Many also applied to receive unemployment, but, how exactly how does the Government plan to handle this situation?

5,967 ex-military and government workers filed for unemployment benefits in Washington state alone. That number does not include people who are employed by the state but receive a federal paycheck.

Here is how you can proceed if you're one of the many who filed for unemployment.

The Washington State Unemployment Security Department states that if you received unemployment benefits during the shutdown & filed because of the shutdown, than you must pay that money back. Federal workers and state funded federal workers who were furloughed are going to receive back pay.

To give some respective on the situation, the unemployment office stated that the week before the shutdown took place, 184 workers applied for unemployment. During the first week of the shutdown, that number skyrocketed to more than 3500.

If workers were paid unemployment, the state employment security will now withhold that amount from future paychecks, or send workers a notice of having to repay the funds. The current number of employees who applied for benefits, is likely hundreds more says the department, but those numbers wont be available until next week.

Click here more information there about how to re-pay benefits.

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