The Kansas Department of Revenue says hundreds of furloughed federal employees have applied for unemployment as the partial government shutdown continues.
WIBW-TV reports the agency has received 549 unemployment claims through Wednesday.
Federal employees who are working full time without pay during the shutdown are not eligible for unemployment.
Labor officials say federal workers applying for unemployment should be prepared to provide wage verification because the agency may not be able to reach their employers during the shutdown.
Workers will have to repay unemployment benefits if they receive back pay when the government reopens.