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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.

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When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

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