Now a week after the federal government partially shut down, thousands of federal employees in West Virginia can now apply for unemployment benefits.
WorkForce West Virginia, which handles the state's unemployment claims, asked furloughed workers to wait until this week before applying for benefits, to allow the agency time to get its computer systems and employees ready.
Some federal workers did not wait, however.
As of Monday evening, 211 federal workers have applied for unemployment benefits in West Virginia.
WorkForce's Clarksburg office saw 38 applicants since last week, the highest number of any location.
"Which is something we kind of anticipated," said Beth Carenbauer, director of Workforce West Virginia's unemployment division.
Carenbauer said Clarksburg's large numbers likely were caused by furloughs at the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services complex, as well as layoffs to federal researchers at the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation there.
Carenbauer said unemployment enrollment has remained "moderate" in West Virginia since last week. Other states have seen far greater numbers of people seeking benefits.
About 10,000 federal workers in Washington, D.C. filed for unemployment through Monday, according to The Associated Press.
In Maryland, 15,000 had applied for benefits through Sunday.
The federal government partially shut down on Oct. 1 after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers were temporarily laid off as a result of the shutdown, and those who remain on the job will not receive a paycheck until operations restart.
Although federal workers will eventually return to their jobs, they are still eligible for unemployment in the meantime.