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At least 24,000 file for unemployment in DC, Md.

12:00 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Furloughed federal government workers have filed more than 10,000 claims for unemployment benefits in the District of Columbia as the government shutdown has persisted nearly a week.

D.C. Department of Employment Services spokeswoman Najla Haywood says the claims filed by Monday represent a major increase. Under the district's recent unemployment rate, the agency usually receives 600 unemployment claims per week.

In Maryland, there had been 14,000 federal unemployment claims as of Friday morning. That's nearly four times the number of claims from federal workers in an entire year.

Congress has begun taking steps to provide retroactive pay to federal workers when the government reopens. If workers receive retroactive pay, they will have to pay back any unemployment benefits.

Virginia employment officials did not immediately provide an update on claims Monday.

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