An estimated 420,000 are working without pay, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Federal workers that are deemed essential — those who are working but not being paid — are not allowed to claim unemployment, according to guidance from the Labor Department. The number of initial jobless claims from federal employees rose 5,694 from the week before and is up from 1,148 during the same week a year before.
Today, I run the websites CashMoneyLife. Many federal employees and contractors missed their first paycheck this past week.
And the likelihood is strong that Congress will pass similar measures again. Officials in D. Many banks are offering federal employees refunds on overdraft fees. You may need to get creative with how you pay your expenses.
And that is something you can prepare for. Consider only paying the minimum amount if you are paying extra on any loans. And federal employees who do receive unemployment benefits will have to reimburse the government if Congress votes to give employees backpay — which typically happens when the government re-opens.
National 'Federal Employees Deserve Better': She never expected to be in this position. That's causing many of them to do what once seemed unthinkable — apply for unemployment.
Federal workers and contractors are now missing paychecks for the first time since the partial government shutdown began on December 22. Questions regarding eligibility for unemployment compensation should be directed to the appropriate State unemployment office based on your duty station. Some federal employees have set up GoFundMe fundraising pages to help cover their expenses, and others have started to ration medicine to make it through the closure.
They expect that number to rise sharply if the shutdown, now the longest in U. These can all represent quick access to cash but may come with expensive and detrimental long term costs. I'm doing everything a responsible adult is supposed to do," said Michelle.