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Unemployment claims increase 10-fold in D.C. area

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.

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