LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas finance officials say nearly 1,100 state employees are on furlough because of the federal government shutdown, but say that number could change as they double check figures with individual agencies.

Richard Weiss, director of the state Department of Finance and Administration, on Monday said that 1,089 state employees whose positions are paid for with federal funds were idled because of the shutdown that began Oct. 1. State agencies were warned last week that the number of furloughs would rise since Arkansas no longer had the resources to cover for the federal programs affected.

Weiss says the number of idled workers could change as his department checks figures provided by agencies and as agencies review whether they can use leftover grant money to pay employees.