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Report: Federal Jobs in Demand Despite Furloughs, Shutdown

OfficeMany job seekers continue to apply for federal civilian jobs in spite of recent furloughs, pay freezes and the partial government shutdown, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Annys Shin writes the Office of Personnel Management had nearly 8,000 job postings as of Wednesday and roughly 43 applications for each position with an application deadline occurring on the same day.

The federal government hired an estimated 90,000 new employees in fiscal year 2013, Shin writes.

Vanee Vines, a spokesperson for the National Security Agency, told the newspaper the agency gets more than 85,000 applications every year.

Government figures show the number of federal workers aged 60 and older has almost doubled to 262,000 since 2000.

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