LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Unemployment claims are up across the country as thousands of furloughed federal employees file claims for missed work days.
Staff at the Little Rock unemployment office said they've received numerous inquiries and between 15-20 claims filed from furloughed workers. A notice on the DWS website explains local offices will begin processing claims on Oct. 7.
"I think most of them are taking that approach and waiting until October 7 before they come in. I think on that date, if they have not gone back to work, we'll have more coming to the office," explained Little Rock program manager Debbie Tripp. "It was determined from our central office that date was given I'm sure to see if they are going to return back to work."
THV 11 spoke with a number of furloughed employees at the Little Rock DWS office Tuesday who said they can't wait any longer to hear back from their employers about going back to work.
Each employee filing for unemployment is also issued a warning from DHS about potentially having to return their benefits if they receive back pay from their employer.
"If the employee calls them back to work, and they go back and pay them for all those weeks they were unemployed, then they could possibly have an overpayment with the department of workforce," added Tripp.
She told THV11 that her office is prepared to collect the overpayments from each of the federal workers who file claims.
DWS website notice for furloughed workers: http://on.kthv.com/1f17bkB