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Misprint in Military Furlough Count Drops Tally Below 2,000

Governor Mike Beebe warned on Tuesday that furlough numbers would continue to fluctuate as Washington D.C. informs Arkansas which programs will be affected. Clerical errors seem to have a role in the fluctuation as well.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- In day two of the government shutdown, agencies are continuing to calculate and announce the ever-changing number of furloughs in the Natural State.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) released numbers Tuesday as reported to them by different state agencies. A few of those calculations caused some confusion.

The 564 furloughs originally reported to the DFA on Tuesday from the military department was a misprint, and should have been 364.


Wednesday, the Arkansas National Guard reported 1,100 furloughs, which included around 350 civilian employees that had also been reported as furloughs from the military department, leaving that group to be tallied twice.

The 350 furloughs announced at Little Rock Air Force Base on Wednesday were not included in those reported to the DFA on Tuesday.

Confused yet? That's OK, math is hard.

After adding, subtracting and even a little approximating, that leaves the estimated numbers broken down as follows:
  • 685 employees from 11 state agencies (including National Guard civilian employees)
  • 710 Guardsmen from Arkansas Air and Army National Guard
  • 350 from Little Rock Air Force Base
  • 1,745 total furloughs as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Governor Mike Beebe on Tuesday warned that furlough numbers would continue to change as Washington D.C. informs Arkansas which programs are and are not affected.

We'll keep our calculators out and continue to bring you the latest updates.
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