Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development History
Signing the 1932 Unemployment Compensation Law

Governor Philip LaFollette signs the nation's first unemployment compensation law.
January 28, 1932: Governor Philip LaFollette signs the nation's first unemployment compensation law.
Also pictured in back, left to right, are: Henry Oltl, President, Wisconsin Federation of Labor; Elizabeth Brandeis; Paul Raushenbush; John R. Commons; Henry Huber; Lt. Governor Harold Groves; and Assemblyman Robert Nixon.


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