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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

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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 June 6, 2020.

The Department announced, based on preliminary numbers, there were 22,497 initial applications filed the week ending June 6. This is compared to 22,835 the week prior (week ending May 30). This is the tenth week in a row of gradual declines in regular unemployment initial applications.

Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides benefits to eligible workers. Each state administers a separate UI program with state-specific laws and rules, but states must also 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 Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): A temporary program that provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted their regular UI benefits. DWD is currently in the process of programming PEUC – programming is not yet complete. DWD hopes to start making PEUC payments by the end of June.

Extended Benefits (EB): A temporary program that provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted regular UI and PEUC. DWD will start programming EB after programming for PEUC is complete.

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, PEUC, EB, or PUA. It is automatically added to the weekly benefit rate.

"As we continue onboarding more staff, more people are receiving the unemployment benefits that are due to them, which will help the financial situation for Wisconsin families and communities." DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "When Wisconsin families are more economically secure, so are our state's businesses and our overall economy."

The difference between weeks claimed and weeks paid- 795,305 weeks- includes weeks that will never be paid (because of denials, suspensions, or waiting weeks before Act 185 took effect) and weeks requiring adjudication to determine eligibility. This number of weeks does not equal a count of workload, nor a count of people. The approximately 457,000 weeks currently held for adjudication (15.61% of all weeks claimed) represent approximately 147,500 unique claimants with around 241,500 issues requiring adjudication. A claimant could have one issue or many holding up a week or many weeks. DWD is prioritizing all adjudication work by earliest date to pay the claimants who have been waiting the longest first.

Adjudication refers to the investigation and resolution of eligibility issues raised on unemployment insurance claims. Adjudication is a manual process that requires interested parties be provided due notice to respond to the eligibility issue. Eligibility issues arise from several places including the initial claim, weekly claim, employer contact, claimant contact, and tips from the public.

Unemployment Benefits Claims Status
Grand Total Claims Allowed*/Paid Claims Denied Claims in Process (Includes claims awaiting wage verification, adjudication, etc.; may be paid in future)
March 15 – June 6, 2020 72.83% 11.55% 15.61%

*Includes weeks with BAR or serving waiting week if benefit year started pre-Act 185 implementation.

Total Number March 15 Through June 6, 2020 For More Information About Each Program, Visit:
Unemployment Applications Received** 626,697 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/
Weekly Claims Received** 2,927,601 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/weeklyclaim/
Weekly Claims Paid 2,132,296  
Total Benefits Paid (including FPUC and PUA) $1,699,800,432  
FPUC Benefits Paid $1,111,561,275 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/fpuc/
PUA Applications Received 96,630 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/
PUA Benefits Paid $2,131,668  
UI Calls Received- Week ending June 6, 2020 1,335,448  

**Neither applications nor claims received equate to a specific number of individuals. Preliminary counts updated daily at: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui-stats.htm