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State says hundreds more Marylanders have applied for unemployment insurance related to federal government shutdown

State says hundreds more Marylanders have applied for unemployment insurance related to federal government shutdown

Hundreds more Marylanders are seeking unemployment insurance benefits related to the federal government shutdown, the state said Wednesday as the funding impasse entered its 12th day.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said it received 462 such benefit applications from Dec. 22 through Dec. 31. The state previously reported 169 applications from Dec. 22 — the day the funding impasse began — through Dec. 27.

The shutdown is caused by a dispute between President Donald Trump and Congress over whether to fund a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Federal workers have expressed growing anxiety as the stalemate persists.

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