Originally the Oregon Employment Department through the furloughed employees would be eligible for unemployment.
But last week, the department issued a change saying these employees are not eligible for unemployment.
During the period of the shtudown, these employees are now considered to have been employed and not eligible for the benefits.
The department is sending letters to the more than 700 workers in Oreogn who received benefits -- outlining a process for them to repay them.
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