Benefits/claims services may be applied for if: totally unemployed; are partially unemployed (weekly earnings are reduced), or; expect to be laid off within the next 13 weeks and would like to start the benefit year early. A claim does not begin until the week you apply. To avoid any loss of benefits, apply the first week you are unemployed.
On-line application is required. Info you may need available: SSN, a PIN (a four digit number made up before applying); WI driver's license number if you have one; names of everyone for whom you worked in the past 18 months.
SEE WEBSITE for current information.
EXTENDED BENEFITS: Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a federally funded extension of unemployment benefits. The EUC program was created on June 30, 2008 by the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008. It made up to 13 additional weeks of benefits available to unemployed individuals who had already collected all regular state benefits for which they were eligible and who meet the eligibility requirements. On November 21, 2008, former President Bush signed the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008. It made up to 7 additional weeks of benefits available to unemployed individuals who have or will collect all benefits available under the first EUC program, and created a second tier of 13 weeks of EUC for individuals in state where the unemployment rate has reached certain level. The second tier of EUC benefits is now available to eligible Wisconsin workers. Some payments were made February 19, 2009. We are continuing to work on making payments to eligible claimants. The benefits are payable starting with the week of January 25th. Please see website for additional information