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Federal Workers File For Jobless Benefits

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October 4, 2013 — Furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits in Indiana have to file a little differently than most Hoosiers.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:

The Department of Workforce Development has created a special form on its website for federal employees to fill out.  It’s an affidavit declaring their annual wage.  In a typical unemployment benefit application, the state verifies how much money the applicant made at their last job.  But department spokesman Joe Frank says, because of the shutdown, federal employees don’t have anyone in their offices to confirm their salaries.  Applicants also have to provide tax forms.  And Frank says there are special instructions if federal employees receive back pay after the shutdown ends:

“If you’re retroactively paid, for the weeks that you’re fully paid you’ll have to repay the benefits because, the way the federal government sees it is, you have your pay so you’re not eligible for benefits anymore.  So you have to pay it back.”

Frank says, since Monday, less than eight hundred federal employees have filed unemployment applications.  For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.


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