The number of federal employees filing for unemployment more than doubled in the second week of January as workers missed their first paychecks, according to government data published Thursday. . . .
Separately, the Labor Department denied a request by several states to allow essential workers to collect unemployment, writing in a letter last Friday that the roughly 450,000 employees in question are ineligible because they “continue to provide full time services” and are not considered unemployed under federal or state laws.