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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2020
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD RELEASES INFORMATION ON UNEMPLOYMENT DATA

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released information related to the total number of unemployment calls received, applications filed, claims processed, and monies distributed in Wisconsin as of the week of April 26, 2020.

Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides benefits to eligible workers. Each state administers a separate UI program, but all states must follow the same guidelines established by federal law. Any answer given on a claim raising a question regarding a person's eligibility must be fully investigated before benefits may be paid.

Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits: If you're out of work through no fault of your own, and you've worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months, you may be eligible for and should apply for regular UI benefits. Regular UI is available for up to 26 weeks (dependent upon an individual's specific situation).

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): If you are not eligible for regular UI, you may be eligible for PUA. This is a temporary federal program that provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular UI such as:

"With almost a half million applications received since the onset of COVID-19, we continue to navigate uncharted waters," said DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman. "DWD is adding hundreds of new staff, multiple outside vendors, and working overtime to process and analyze the claims to help as many Wisconsinites as fast as possible."

TOTAL NUMBER: through Saturday, May 2 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH PROGRAM, VISIT:
Unemployment Applications Received* 498,297 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/
Weekly Claims Received* 1,497,813 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/weeklyclaim/
Weekly Claims Paid 966,089
Total Benefits Paid $384,318,519
Weekly Benefits Paid $160,856,274
PUA Applications Received 44,687 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/
UI Calls Received-Week of April 26, 2020 4,712,684

*Preliminary counts updated daily at: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui-stats.htm