Updated: 10/03/2013 7:55 AM |
Created: 10/03/2013 7:52 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Federal workers forced to take furlough days because of the government shutdown are now starting to apply for unemployment benefits.
It's now day three of the shutdown and these employees still don't know when they'll go back to work.
In New Mexico, people are applying on the state's Workforce Solutions website.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned some of the nearly 1 million furloughed employees across the county are also digging into their savings and retirement plans. But they're not allowed to add anything to those plans because they're not making any money. They are, however, able to take money out of the plans. Those withdrawals need to be at least $1,000.
It is still unsure if the government will pay employees back for the days they were furloughed.