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Feds seeking unemployment show shutdown impact

For federal employees, seeking unemployment compensation is one clear example of how the government shutdown is much harsher than a “temporary inconvenience,” as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) recently declared.

The District, Maryland and Virginia all report sky-high levels of unemployment claims from federal employees after the shutdown began Oct. 1. Since my colleague Luz Lazo reported on the increase in applications just days after that, the numbers have exploded.

Furloughed federal workers protest outside Centers for Disease Control offices in Cincinnati on Oct. 15. (Al Behrman/AP). Furloughed federal workers protest outside Centers for Disease Control offices in Cincinnati on Oct. 15. (Al Behrman/AP).

Unemployment claims from furloughed federal workers in the District numbered 15,500 as of Tuesday morning, according to Najla A. Haywood, a public information officer at the District’s Department of Employment Services.

It usually gets 30,000 claims a year from all applicants.

Maryland received more than 18,600 claims from federal workers from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10, compared with 3,000 in a normal year.

The story repeats itself in Virginia.

More than 5,260 claims were filed by feds there as of Monday. Last week there were 3,500 more claims than the average of the four previous weeks.

Read the full story at:  http://wapo.st/1gIOC3S

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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