Federal workers furloughed from the government shutdown shouldn't rush out just yet to apply for unemployment benefits.
In fact, one West Virginia agency tells employees to wait until next week before filing their claims.
WorkForce West Virginia already has received a "substantial amount of phone calls" from people wanting to file for unemployment, said Beth Carenbauer, acting director of unemployment compensation for WorkForce West Virginia.
For the first two days, WorkForce has received about 30 claims from federal employees, Carenbauer said.
Activity in other mid-Atlantic states, where many federal workers are located, has been even more frenzied.
Governing's FedWatch blog reported that between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first day of the shutdown, Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation received roughly 4,000 applications, according to Maureen O'Connor, an agency spokeswoman.
In West Virginia, the heavy traffic is expected next week.
To prepare, Carenbauer said WorkForce has increased staff and also is bringing in staff from other divisions to help process claims.
Monday night's shutdown has resulted in furloughs of more than 800,000 federal employees nationally.
WorkForce estimates there are 23,000 federal employees in West Virginia, but many may be deemed essential, Carenbauer said.
If employees are subject to layoffs, however, there is a one-week waiting period to file for benefits "due to the uncertainty of the extent of the shutdown," the WorkForce website states.