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Hundreds of Tennessee state employees feeling effects of federal shutdown

Published On: Oct 15 2013 06:13:08 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 15 2013 03:06:33 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Nearly 400 employees for the State of Tennessee are now being furloughed because of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.

News 5 has learned 369 workers with the Tennessee Department of Labor began furloughs Monday. 27 workers within the department started last week.

The department spokesman says the workers will be on unpaid leave of absence until the state hears otherwise. The Labor Department gets most of its funding from Washington for things like administering unemployment benefits. 

The spokesman says benefits are still being processed and state-run career offices are remaining open.

Also Monday, the Department of Human Services furloughed 112 disability determination services employees.