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Oregon federal workers must repay jobless benefits

Oregon federal workers must repay jobless benefits

By The Associated Press. CREATED Oct 25, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has ruled that federal workers in Oregon who received unemployment benefits during this month's government shutdown must repay the money.

The state paid an average of $445 to the nearly 1,900 workers who filed for benefits during the 16-day shutdown. Oregon initially allowed them keep the money even after it was determined they would get back wages for the days they were furloughed.

But the Labor Department determined they can't keep both paychecks.

Oregon Employment Department spokesman Tom Fuller says letters will be sent to workers next week outlining the repayment process.

Among the 1,886 workers who filed for benefits during the shutdown are some seasonal employees who were laid off. They won't have to repay their unemployment benefits.