WAMU 88.5 : News

Furloughed Workers Start Filing For Unemployment Benefits

Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown are beginning to file for unemployment benefits—but its likely they'll face delays in getting paid.

A spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Employment Services, says all initial claims for unemployment in the District need to be filed online due to the increased demand.

The agency says it will be processing claims, but there might be delays for federal workers in order to verify their employment status and incomes while their offices are closed. There is a one-week waiting period before benefits are paid.

While many federal workers live in Maryland and Virginia, unemployment claims are generally filed where they work. So the district could see a heavy demand for unemployment checks.

Maryland's Department of Labor has already received more unemployment claims than the state usually receives from federal workers all year.

NPR

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
NPR

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
WAMU 88.5

Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

NPR

Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.