Thousands of South Mississippians receive furlough notices

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - More than 1,400 Mississippi National Guardsmen, 600+ Navy civilian personnel at the Seabee base in Gulfport, hundreds of Navy employees at Ingalls Shipyard, and nearly 1,400 civilian employees at Keesler Air Force Base. That's how many furlough notifications are going out this week across South Mississippi.

A spokesman for the Air Force base tells us the furloughs begin July 8th. And they will end at the beginning of the new fiscal year which is October first. 1,394 civilian employees will face furloughs at Keesler. That's a large portion of the base's 4,000 non-military staffers.

More than 600 employees at the Seabee base will be furloughed for a total of 11 days. In other words, two days a pay period. This will result in a 20-percent cut in pay.

Hundreds of Navy civilian employees at Ingalls shipyard also received the same notices this week. Employees told WLOX News they received their notices on Tuesday.

Details are limited on the National Guard furloughed days, but we do know it will affect more than 1,400 guardsmen. The furloughed days are slated to begin on July 8th as well.

The adjutant general of Mississippi will discuss the furloughs Thursday morning in Jackson. WLOX News will keep you updated on what he says.

We've also confirmed the U.S. Coast Guard does not have any furloughs at this time, and there have not been any notices of pending furloughs.

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