Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Vermont Governor Phil Scott have both announced that Federal workers who are required to report to work without pay can file a claim for unemployment benefits. This goes against what is advised by the Federal Government, which states that only furloughed workers are eligible for unemployment benefits, not essential workers who are working without pay.

Colorado and Vermont the second and third states after California to publically announce they will pay unemployment benefits to Federal workers whose positions are classified as essential.