OLYMPIA — Recently furloughed federal workers in Washington state will have to repay unemployment benefits they received during the 16-day partial government shutdown.
KUOW reports (http://bit.ly/1a48Yj4) that because Congress included back pay for furloughed workers as part of the deal to end the shutdown, the Washington Employment Security department is now seeking refunds from nearly a 1,000 people.
In Idaho, just shy of 500 federal workers there will be receiving letters seeking a return of unemployment benefits received, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. But in Oregon, about 1,300 furloughed federal workers get to keep an average of about $450 in unemployment compensation received during the shutdown even though they are slated to receive back pay. That's because of a state law aimed at private-sector labor disputes, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
Information from: KUOW-FM, http://www.kuow.org/