MADISON — Federal employees who are finding themselves
on furlough because of the federal shutdown are able to
apply for unemployment benefits in Wisconsin to help
meet their financial needs.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development sent
out an announcement Tuesday saying the state can help
those waiting for their federal work to resume.
“We are ready to assist any federal employee that is
facing a lack of work and income due to the partial
shutdown,” said Department of Workforce Development
Secretary Caleb Frostman in a statement. “Furloughed
federal workers are dislocated workers, unemployed
through no fault of their own and can apply for
Federal employees can apply for unemployment through
DWD’s online UI benefit system at
my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov. Because many federal
offices are currently closed, furloughed workers should
be prepared to provide wage verification in the form of
pay stubs or a W-2 form as DWD may be unable to verify
wages through the employer.
Federal workers that are working full time but are not
being paid during the partial shutdown are not eligible
for unemployment benefits. There are more than 29,000
federal employees in Wisconsin.
Per preliminary counts, DWD’s unemployment division
fielded roughly 426 total initial and continued
unemployment compensation claims between Jan. 7 and Jan.
11. As required by law, workers who receive back pay
should plan to repay any unemployment benefits received.