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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

Monday, May 18, 2020
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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 ending May 16, 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:

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): A temporary emergency increase of $600 per week in unemployment benefits. FPUC provides an additional payment to individuals who are collecting regular UI or PUA. It is automatically added to the weekly benefit rate.

"DWD has distributed over a billion dollars in benefits to Wisconsinites, which is a significant economic stimulus to our state's economy," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "The Department is doing everything we can to help offer stability to the individuals directly impacted by COVID-19, as well as to our entire state."

Unemployment Data
Total Number March 15 Through May 16, 2020 For More Information About Each Program, Visit:
Unemployment Applications Received* 549,147 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/
Weekly Claims Received* 2,121,906 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/weeklyclaim/
Weekly Claims Paid 1,446,343  
Total Benefits Paid Total Benefits Paid
$1,143,801,168 (including FPUC)
$417,679,893 (excluding FPUC)
FPUC Benefits Paid $726,121,275 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/fpuc/
PUA Applications Received 81,286 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/
UI Calls Received-Week of May 16, 2020 4,241,493  
*Preliminary counts updated daily at: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui-stats.htm