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United States: The December unemployment rate rose to 3.9%.

Alabama: The Alabama Department of Labor indicates that workers furloughed as a result of the federal government’s partial shutdown will be eligible for unemployment benefits, but must follow all guidelines for claimants receiving unemployment benefits including searching for work. They also indicated that should claimants receive retroactive pay must repay the department for all benefits received.

Connecticut: The Connecticut Department of Labor(CTDOL) clarified rules to assist federal employees with filing for unemployment benefits.  The department indicates federal employees affected by t shutdown can file for unemployment benefits if they are on furlough. The department further indicated that federal employees that are required to work during the shutdown, but are not getting paid, are not eligible to file for unemployment. For federal employees eligible to file for unemployment insurance, federal claims are usually filed with the state where federal wages are assigned.

Georgia: The Georgia Department of Labor clarified rules to assist federal employees with filing for unemployment benefits.  The department indicates federal employees affected by t shutdown can file for unemployment benefits if they are on furlough. The department further indicated that federal employees that are required to work during the shutdown, but are not getting paid, are not eligible to file for unemployment.The Georgia Department of Labor has set up an online page with information describing unemployment benefits for furloughed federal workers: https://dol.georgia.gov/federal-employees-furlough-information.

New Jersey: The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced annual changes in the maximum benefit rates and taxable wage base that took effect on January 1, 2019, for New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance. For 2019 the maximum weekly benefit amount for eligible Unemployment Insurance claims increased to $696, from $681.

New Mexico: As a result of the federal government’s partial shutdown, New Mexico is waiving the requirement that those collecting unemployment search for work.  The Department of Workforce Solutions says an emergency provision issued Wednesday by Secretary-designate Bill McCamley waives the requirement for furloughed federal employees for up to 180 days. The department stated that all federal employees affected by the shutdown who are on furlough or are required to continue work without pay are eligible to file for unemployment. The department did indicate that should claimants who receive unemployment benefits and but later receive a retroactive payment from their employer for the same time period must repay the benefits received. According to the department, over 450 employees from the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Interior and Health and Human Services have applied for benefits.

Tennessee: The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce (TDLWD) said 25,000 Tennesseans are being affected by the partial government shutdown. Furloughed federal workers in Tennessee could qualify for unemployment benefits. However, if they are provided with back pay when the government reopens, they will have to repay any benefits they receive.

Utah: The Utah Department of Workforce Services indicates that over 1300 federal employees have filed for unemployment benefits after being furloughed due to the federal government’s partial shutdown.

Wyoming: On Friday, Jan. 4, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (WDWS) announced that furloughed federal government employees may apply for unemployment assistance. They also indicated that should these claimants receive UI benefits and later receive retroactive pay from their employer, they will be required to repay the WDWS for all benefits received.

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