More Federal Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Both furloughed federal employees as well as federal employees working without pay are eligible for unemployment benefits, the state’s Employment Security Department has announced. This includes TSA agents, Coast Guard personnel, border patrol agents, food safety inspectors, FBI agents and many others:

“Thank you so much for your service to our country! As a fellow colleague in the public sector and as a former federal employee, I have a profound appreciation for how your work positively impacts our communities and our nation.

Since you have a job, I imagine you weren’t expecting to come to this website anytime soon to apply for unemployment benefits. While unemployment insurance is designed as a safety net for those between jobs, we also can extend benefits to you while you are on furlough or working full- or part-time without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

Eligibility can be complicated, but we’re working hard to make your application experience as easy and fast as possible, and to expedite getting benefits to you. We have:

  • Dedicated specific staff time to handle the increased workload.
  • Created this web page with:
    • A summary of key steps to apply for benefits.
    • Information about when and how you will get paid and the process to pay back the benefits when you receive back pay.
    • Frequently asked questions and links to more information.

Please know that the Employment Security Department is mobilized and ready to help you through this difficult time.”

For updates to this information and how to apply, click here.