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Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance Ready to Assist Federal Employees Affected by Government Shutdown

System in Place to Accommodate Possible Influx of Federal Employee Claims

BALTIMORE (Jan. 20, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) today announced measures to efficiently handle the anticipated increase in UI claims stemming from the federal government shutdown. A standalone internet application will streamline the application process for furloughed employees, while dedicated phone lines will be set aside exclusively for federal employees impacted by the shutdown.

If you are a federal employee affected by the federal government shutdown, visit for more information and step-by-step instructions for filing your claim. To speak to a UI representative about your federal unemployment claim, please call 410-853-1700 during regular claims center hours, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Current UI claimants will not be impacted by the shutdown. The Division of Unemployment Insurance will remain open, and will continue to pay unemployment benefits. If you are a current claimant, please continue filing your weekly certification.

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The Maryland Department of Labor is committed to safeguarding and protecting Marylanders. We're proud to support the economic stability of the state by providing businesses, the workforce, and the consuming public with high-quality, customer-focused regulatory, employment, and training services. For updates and information, follow the Maryland Department of Labor on Twitter (@MD_Labor), Facebook and visit our website.

Theresa Blaner
Director, Communications and Media Relations
410-230-6241 (office)
443-721-8637 (cell)