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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, June 15, 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 June 13, 2020. The Department announced, based on preliminary numbers, there were 24,075 initial applications filed the week ending June 13. This is compared to 22,497 the week prior (week ending June 6).

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

"As Wisconsin businesses begin to reopen, the landscape of the workforce will likely look different," DWD Secretary Frostman said. "DWD is diligently working to not only assist people in their UI claims but also provide training and supportive services to get people back on their feet and into jobs that provide family supporting wages."

The difference between weeks claimed and weeks paid- 859,399 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 486,000 weeks currently held for adjudication (15.24% of all weeks claimed) represent approximately 151,000 unique claimants with around 248,500 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 Processing (Includes claims awaiting wage verification, adjudication, etc.; may be paid in future)
March 15 – June 13, 2020 73.05% 11.71% 15.24%
Unemployment Data
Total Number March 15 through June 13, 2020 For More Information About Each Program, Visit:
Unemployment Applications Received** 651,463 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/
Weekly Claims Received** 3,189,215 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/weeklyclaim/
Weekly Claims Paid 2,329,816  
Total Benefits Paid
(including FPUC and PUA)
FPUC Benefits Paid $1,226,133,075 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/fpuc/
PUA Applications Submitted
72,757 https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/
PUA Benefits Paid $4,731,580  
UI Calls Received-Week of June 13, 2020 566,170  
Average Number of Days to get UI Claim Paid 19  
**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
*** Past press releases reported both applications started but never completed and applications completed and submitted. We are now reporting only those applications completed and submitted.