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Park ranger Mike Nattrass blocks access on the road leading to Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park on Dec. 22, 2018, in Estes Park. The road was left unplowed because of the partial federal shutdown

Out of the around 50,000 federal workers in Colorado impacted by the partial government shutdown, 625 have filed for unemployment so far.

Although it's a small number in comparison, the claims aren't easy to file for Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

"One of the complications is that in a normal unemployment claim process, we would go to the employer and ask for a verification of wages," said Cher Haavind, Department of Labor and Employment spokeswoman. "In this case, we're not able to make contact with the employer, so the claimant really can help us through the process by presenting a pay stub or a verification of earnings."

About half of the people who have filed for benefits so far work for the Department of the Interior, 20 percent work for the Department of Agriculture and 11 percent work for the Department of the Treasury.

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