Ore. state offices close for furlough day Friday

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Most state offices will be closed Friday as about 26,500 state employees go on mandatory unpaid furloughs for the day.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services says Friday's closure is the 10th of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the current two-year budget period.

Each day of closure saves an estimated $2 million in personnel costs.

Customers still can do business with the DMV and some other state agencies online, even though the offices are closed.

State employees who provide essential services will remain on the job, such as Oregon State Police officers, corrections officers, certain state hospital workers and many ODOT workers.