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Furloughs hit Kentuckiana as government shuts down

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Roughly 5,000 civilian workers have been furloughed at Fort Knox. Roughly 5,000 civilian workers have been furloughed at Fort Knox.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The government shutdown, which has furloughed 800,000 federal workers considered "non-essential" to public safety and national security, has left roughly 5,000 civilian employees at Fort Knox off the job for the time being.  

In addition, national parks like Mammoth Cave in central Kentucky and Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville are closed.

Employees at the Census Bureau in Jeffersonville, Indiana received letters Tuesday morning saying their pay would be suspended until further notice.

"If the furlough lasts for five days or more we will be entitled to unemployment," Census Bureau worker and union representative Jerry Lannan said. "We've had people call the unemployment office who said they're pretty much overwhelmed with people wanting to file a claim."

Lannan said he's not sure what he will do if the furloughs continue.

"I'm a single person, so the only income I have is coming from my employment," Lannan said. "I'll have to look into taking other measures to survive while this is going on."

Indiana Congressman Todd Young's office furloughed 12 employees. One is still working at the Jeffersonville office and three at the Washington DC office.

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