Nearly 1,000 of West Virginia's 23,000 federal workers applied for unemployment benefits during the recent government shutdown.
Only 98 of those applicants received unemployment benefits, however.
Those people also will have to repay that money, because Congress approved back payments for all 800,000 federal employees furloughed during the shutdown.
Beth Carenbauer, acting director of WorkForce West Virginia's unemployment compensation division, said 940 federal employees applied for benefits between Oct. 1 and Oct. 18, after Congress finally reached a budget deal and employees were ordered to return to work.
"We did expect more," she said.
West Virginia requires laid-off workers to wait one week before filing for unemployment. Carenbauer said that waiting period cut down on the number of workers who received checks, because the shutdown only lasted a little more than two weeks.
She said WorkForce is waiting to hear from the U.S. Department of Labor before moving forward with the 842 claimants who filed paperwork but never received benefits.
"We're in a hold pattern on that," she said. "There's nothing federal workers need to do at this point."
West Virginia paid out about $40,000 in unemployment benefits to furloughed federal workers. The federal government has already reimbursed the state for that money.
She said anyone who received benefits should not cash their check unless absolutely necessary, and return it to their local WorkForce office.
If workers received benefits through a debit card, direct deposit or have already cashed the check, Carenbauer said repayments could be made via check or money order to the WorkForce location where they filed for benefits.
Any unemployment benefits to federal workers is considered an "overpayment," since the federal government agreed to pay workers back wages. The law forbids anyone from collecting unemployment while also receiving compensation from an employer.
More information on overpayments can be found at www.workforcewv.org.