If you're collecting unemployment and concerned about what will happen with your benefits because of the federal government shutdown, The Washington Post reports that "Funds to help states administer unemployment benefits could get disrupted."
Given that states are already borrowing from the federal government to fund regular state unemployment benefits (the first 26 weeks of benefits are funded by the state; extended benefits are funded by the federal government) it appears that some unemployed workers aren't getting funds in their account or are getting notices that their account is on hold.
However, there should currently be funding available for UI state and federal benefits, so benefits could be delayed for other reasons than the shutdown. For example, processing delays are being reported for some states due to a high volume of claims and/or computer system upgrades.
Unemployed Workers Not Receiving Benefits
Each state may have a different plan for how to handle the shutdown. We have reports (see comments) of extended benefits being cut off in some locations.
Other states are continuing to pay benefits as scheduled, at least for now. If there is a change in benefits for your state, it should be announced on your state unemployment office website. Check there for updates on unemployment benefits in your state due to the shutdown.
If you aren't able to apply for benefits or haven't received yours, or if you have information for your state, please add a comment below. So far, we have heard from unemployed workers in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, New York, Washington and California.
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