WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Employment Services Director Lisa Mallory says that as of Tuesday 11,100 furloughed federal workers had applied online or in person for unemployment benefits.

That is twice the number serviced in an entire normal year--but a fraction of the 300,000 federal workers who work in the District of Columbia and areeligible if sent home when the government shut down.

Mallory says the DOES staff could not handle the total numbers and she adds thatthere would be problems right nowhad DC Mayor Vincent Gray not found a way (contingency funds) to keep all city employees --DOES among them--on the job during the federal shutdown.

Furloughedemployees whocollect unemployment checks should knowif they are awarded back pay by Congress for the furloughed days, they will be required to pay back the money collected from unemployment benefits.

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