Nearly 400 state workers in the Tennessee Department of Labor face some uncertainty on their first day of being furloughed on Monday because of the partial federal government shutdown.
"They are on an unpaid leave of absence until we hear otherwise," department spokesperson Jeff Hentschel told News 2.
He indicated that 27 workers within the department, which receives the bulk of its funding from the Washington for things like administering unemployment benefits, began furloughs last week.
Hentschel added that 369 more workers were notified Friday of their furloughs that began Monday.
The spokesperson said unemployment benefits are still being processed and state-run career offices remain open.
Appeals of unemployment claims, though, will not be processed while workers are furloughed.
On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Human Services furloughed 112 Disability Determination Services employees.
About 800 labor department workers remain on the job.
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