Officials say nearly 1,000 federal employees submitted unemployment claims in New Mexico.
Federal employees who are laid off — including those furloughed during the temporary shutdown of the federal government — can file for unemployment benefits through the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
Department officials said Monday that there have been 965 total initial claims for federal employees filed on or after Oct. 1.
They say federal employee claims are about 36 percent of all new claims, which total 2,700.
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