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Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Federal employees have been searching for new jobs online at increasing rates — as high as 82% above normal search levels, according to new Indeed.com data obtained by Axios.

Between the lines: Federal workers are searching for new jobs at above average levels even when their agency isn't technically affected by the shutdown. "It looks like federal workers — even at funded agencies — are starting to think it might be time for me to look elsewhere," Martha Gimbel, Indeed’s director of economic research, tells Axios.

By the numbers: From Dec. 1 to Jan. 20, searches for new jobs by federal employees were up...

  • 82% at Department of Health and Human Services
  • 55% at Department of Defense
  • 52% at Internal Revenue Service
  • 38% at Department of Homeland Security
  • 31% at Transportation Security Agency
  • 23% at Census Bureau
  • 11% at Social Security Administration

What’s next: The big questions are whether these search results will continue to rise after the shutdown ends and whether employees are actually frustrated enough to take on jobs outside of the paralyzed federal government.

Go deeper: All the ways Americans are feeling the effects of the shutdown

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Scoop: Yellen wants business to help foot infrastructure bill

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is heading into the belly of the beast Tuesday and asking the business community to support President Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan during a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Why it matters: By trying to persuade a skeptical and targeted audience, Yellen is signaling the president’s commitment to raising corporate taxes to pay for his plan. Republican senators, critical to a potential bipartisan deal, oppose any corporate tax increase.

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Schumer's Israel vise

Sen. Chuck Schumer addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2014. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's longtime support for Israel puts him on a collision course with the progressive wing of his party as the conflict between Israel and Hamas worsens.

Why it matters: This is the toughest political position the New York Democrat has been in since becoming majority leader. The fighting in the Middle East is dividing his party — and creating a clear rift among its different wings.

DOJ signals scrutiny of popular fundraising gimmick

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A little-noticed line in a recent criminal filing suggests federal prosecutors consider a popular political fundraising tactic to be legally questionable.

Why it matters: Fundraisers often boast of "5x" or other contribution matches to coax small-dollar donations. The Justice Department indicated in a court filing Monday this could amount to "material misrepresentations" if, as critics often contend, there's no evidence the match ever occurs.