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Furlough aid requests skyrocket following shutdown

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Furloughed federal employees are applying for unemployment benefits. In Travis County, applications have skyrocketed since the first of the month.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, 254 federal employees applied for benefits in September. Compare that to 865 who have applied the first week of this month.

Statewide, 1,892 applied in September. So far this month, 8,282 have applied for benefits.

The Texas Workforce Commission published a fact sheet specifically for employees affected by the shutdown.

It states employees paid retroactively must repay benefits received. Employees who were on furlough for less than a week are not eligible. Federal employees are exempt from the requirement to search for work while they are waiting for the shutdown to end.

To read the full report click here: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/bnfts/federal-shutdown.pdf

Some of the furloughed federal employees are coming into Workforce Solutions which is a help center for the unemployed.

FOX 7 spoke to an employee who told us what she was seeing.

"We've seen a number of employees that are coming in looking to kind of get an idea of what their next step is. The furlough, hopefully, is temporary but when you are not receiving a paycheck it can definitely have a big impact," said Workforce Solutions spokesperson Tiffany Daniels

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