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in 1995 (long shutdown) benefits were paid (out to workers who were out of work), then paid back (when government announced workers would be paid for furloughed days) in my state. Yes, it was a mess.

Many states require that people applying for benefits serve a 'waiting week' (a week in which you are fully qualified for benefits, but receive no dollars), so in that case a furlough of less than a week doesn't result in money being paid.

The formal language of being told 'do not report to work' and 'no pay' and no assurance of being paid probably does qualify people for unemployment insurance benefits, particularly if they are willing to look for other work.

Defensively, if you think your job is unstable, one might consider applying for benefits to establish a benefit year and see the determination of eligibility. Regular benefits are for up to 26 weeks in a calendar year (so then wait for weeks you are unemployed or partially employed, to claim benefits). UI is a complex programs (lots of hoops).

YeilB
unofficial, state-specific advice is all that I can offer
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