Thousands of D.C.- area feds file for unemployment

About 9,000 federal employees in the Washington, D.C. metro area have filed for unemployment insurance since the partial government shutdown began just before the holidays, Government Executive reports.

The shutdown entered its 25th day on Jan. 15, and the number of unemployment claims in capital region has increased nearly 10-fold since the shutdown began, according the article, which notes that if approved feds will likely have to pay those funds back once the government reopens.

In Maryland, the maximum weekly amount is $430; in Washington it’s $425; and in Virginia it is $378 per week, the article notes, adding that excepted and exempted feds working through the shutdown without pay are not eligible to apply for unemployment.

In related news, a local renowned chef in the D.C.-area has opened a “relief” kitchen offering free meals to furloughed feds.

Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, in a video posted on Twitter said, “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we are opening a kitchen.”

Andres owns several restaurants in the D.C. area, and will be setting up the kitchen at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Ave, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, beginning Jan. 16. Feds must have identification.

Reader comments

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Call for term limits in congress and senate; cut their salaries by 80% and place them in federal housing projects as their primary residence while in DC. The citizens of the US need to rally and call for accountability from the President down to all elected minions pretending too do what the nation wants. At the present time the nation wants a functioning government that works minus the Pelosi, Schumer, McConnel and other elected idiots. At the same time we do not want the socialists like Cortez spewing garbage, look to South America to see how socialism is working for their people.

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Hey elected idiots, Pelosi, Schumer, the president and his cronies grow up, clean the crap out of the sand box and do your jobs. oops I forgot you all are so out of touch with reality. You slap the faces of federal employees, contract staff and the owners of service industries and their employees. Please consider another line of employment since you have failed miserably as elected officials and members of humanity.

Sun, Jan 20, 2019

Since 2 branches of the government are at an impasse about the "wall" and government shutdown... why doesn't the 3rd branch, the Judicial branch, just make a ruling and decide what to do?

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

I find it incomprehensible that trump's bunch told states not to give us unemployment. What a jerk...

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 Puregoldj Bethesda, MD

I'm another furloughed contractor that isn't going to get paid for time lost. Between Federal staff and contractors we have 1.5 - 2 million people who either can't work or have to work without pay because of a tantrum over a stupid demagogic campaign promise. It is truly sick that neither Trump not his enablers care about the disastrous impacts on people or the economy in general. Trump cares so much about border security that he has the folks who enforce it working without pay! It is the responsibility of the President and Congress to keep the government operating. Next election, voters across the country need to give Trump, McConnell, and friends the thorough thrashing they so richly deserve.

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