Most Federal Workers Not Paid During Shutdown

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By Alabama News Network

State labor officials say about 2,000 federal workers applied for unemployment during the government shutdown.
    
Alabama Department of Labor spokeswoman Tara Hutchison says most of the claims were not paid because many workers did not complete the certification process or were ineligible for benefits.
    
She says the department paid about 27 claims, totaling about $15,000.
    
Hutchinson says the certification process requires applicants to tell the department by phone or online that they are unemployed and are available for work.
    
She says most residents did not certify after they found out federal workers would be paid retroactively for their furlough days.



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