Can You Get Unemployment Compensation While Furloughed?

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By on March 1, 2013 in Current Events with 49 Comments

OPM has provided this information for federal employees who may be wondering if they can get unemployment compensation if furloughed:

Are employees entitled to unemployment compensation while on furlough?

It is possible that furloughed employees may become eligible for unemployment compensation. State unemployment compensation requirements differ. Some States require a 1-week waiting period before an individual qualifies for payments. In general, the law of the State in which an employee’s last official duty station in Federal civilian service was located will be the State law that determines eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. (See the Department of Labor website “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees”) Agencies or employees should submit questions to the appropriate State (or District of Columbia) office. The Department of Labor’s website provides links to individual State offices at

See also: Administrative Guidance on Furloughs

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