The State of Wyoming placed 233 federally funded employees on furlough starting starting on Monday. The furloughs affect employees with positions that are funded in whole or in part with federal funds that are not available because of the federal shutdown which began on October 1st.
In a letter to the affected employees, Governor Matt Mead noted that it is a difficult time and the action was difficult to take, “The state cannot pay for all federally funded positions; however, the state is trying to take the best path forward.”
Wyoming employs 9,867 individuals and of those, 1,600 positions are funded in whole or in part by federal funds. The furloughed individuals are employed by the Departments of Environmental Quality, Family Services, the Military, and Parks and Cultural Resources.
The Governor has authorized employees to use accrued annual leave, if they want to, and they are eligible for unemployment insurance. Mead’s office says that if the federal shutdown continues past October 30, the number of furloughed employees may grow.