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Over 300 workers in LA apply for unemployement following government shutdown

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:46:29-05

333 federal workers living in Louisiana have applied for unemployment benefits as a result of the U.S. government shutdown.

Those numbers were provided by Governor John Bel Edwards during his monthly radio show. Those numbers, he says were as of Wednesday morning but he is unsure how they will be reflected as the shutdown continues.

A little less than 6,000 workers are without pay in Louisiana because of the shutdown.

“Even though the government is shut down, that doesn’t mean the mortgage doesn’t come due, and groceries don’t have to be bought,” Edwards stated.

Edwards says that the government needs to be open and workers need to be paid. He also spoke about the that the border, saying that it should be secured and that those in Washington need to work together to get something done “sooner rather than later.”

Edwards also touched on SNAP benefits for February. Those benefits will become available no later than Monday, January 20, 2019. Read more on that here.

So far, this is the longest government shutdown in US History.