The number of people seeking jobless benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since November 1969, a sign the job market remains strong despite the partial government shutdown, now in its fifth week.I'd be fine with furloughed federal workers getting unemployment if they satisfied the other requirements, like looking for gainful employment while out of work.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid declined 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 199,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, dropped 5,500 to 215,000.
The tally of furloughed federal employees requesting unemployment aid jumped to 25,419, more than double the previous week. Those figures are tracked in a separate category and aren’t included in the overall figures.
But would they be willing to send back the money after the shutdown, and they all get paid for the time they didn't work? Good luck with that.