MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – State officials say that more than 1,000 furloughed government workers in Minnesota have applied for unemployment benefits.

A spokesperson for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says that 1,221 unemployment insurance applications have been received by from furloughed workers in Minnesota.

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The furloughed workers do qualify for unemployment benefits, DEED says. However, the government workers who are obligated to work during the shutdown (and without pay) do not qualify for benefits.

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On Friday, the on-going partial government shutdown, already the longest in U.S. history, entered its 35th day, with no end in sight.

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