Virginia, California hit hardest by Pentagon furloughs

The Pentagon is furloughing roughly 680,000 of its 800,000 civilian employees beginning July 8.

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The Pentagon says it will save $1.8 billion by furloughing most civilians up to 11 days. The employees will be furloughed one day per week through September, the end of the fiscal year.

This week, the Pentagon began sending out notices to employees notifying them of the furloughs, as a 30-day notice period is required.

After Virginia and California, Texas was third on the list of states affected by the furloughs, with 45,000 employees receiving them. Maryland and Georgia rounded out the top five.

The Pentagon had initially threatened to furlough civilians for 22 days in order to grapple with the automatic budget cuts under sequestration. But that number was reduced to 14 and then 11 as the Pentagon received budget help through a full-year Defense appropriations bill and a slightly lower topline number to cut.