(AL.com) — Federal employees off the job due to the ongoing government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation benefits, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.
ADOL said furloughed employees must meet state eligibility requirements for unemployment, with weekly benefit amounts ranging from $45 to $265. Unemployment is available for up to 26 weeks.
“There are thousands of federal employees in Alabama who are expected to be impacted by this shutdown,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Should these workers need assistance during this time, I would encourage them to apply for unemployment compensation benefits.”