As reported by the Washington Post, federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown began filing for unemployment benefits almost immediately this week, uncertain about when they would be able to return to work. As described by the Post,
Employment agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland said Wednesday that they have already seen an increase in online applications for benefits. . . Workers must be out of work for at least a week before they are eligible to receive benefits in D.C. and Virginia. There is no waiting period to receive benefits in Maryland. . .
Maryland’s Department of Labor received 4,000 unemployment claims from federal workers Tuesday — more than the state usually receives all year from federal workers, said spokeswoman Maureen O’Connor. Another 2,000 applications arrived Wednesday from federal workers.
For more information, see the full story from the Post.