WI DWD assisting furloughed federal employees

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Due to the partial government shutdown, Wisconsin's Department of Workforce development is assisting federal employees in Wisconsin.

Federal employees can apply for unemployment benefits to help meet their financial needs while they wait for work to resume.

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, 2019.

"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. "Furloughed federal workers
are dislocated workers, unemployed through no fault of their own and can apply for unemployment."

With many federal offices closed, furloughed workers will need to provide wage verification in the form of pay stubs or a W-2 form.

Federal employees can apply for unemployment through DWD's online UI benefit system by clicking here.