by Liz Ruskin, APM, and Robert Woolsey, KCAW | Jan 15, 2019 | Local News
The extended government shutdown has left thousands of Alaskans without paychecks this week. And now, hundreds of those furloughed federal workers are filing unemployment claims -- some of them likely in Sitka. Almost 10 times as many Alaskans filed for unemployment in December than filed in November, which state officials directly link to the federal shutdown.
Many Sitkans returned to work the day after Christmas, except for civilian federal employees, who remain on indefinite furlough following last weekend’s government shutdown. The US Forest Service and National Park Service will both be largely unstaffed during the shutdown. The Post Office and uniformed members of the Coast Guard will function as usual.