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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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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DWD Launches Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation; Begins Accepting Applications

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today announced that Wisconsin residents who have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits may now apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The launch of this program marks the third and final benefit available through the CARES Act.

PEUC provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted 26 weeks of regular UI benefits or had their benefit year expire without requalifying for a new benefit year. Individuals who receive PEUC will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through the week ending July 25, 2020.

"DWD successfully launched PEUC last night," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "The added 13 weeks of benefits will provide financial support to thousands of Wisconsinites who remain out of work through this difficult time in our state."

The Department identified all individuals who had a benefit year end and exhausted benefits from June 30, 2019 through the present and those who are currently filing weekly claims but have exhausted benefits and is notifying them by mail that they may be eligible for PEUC and instructing them how to apply.

Individuals who are still filing weekly claims for UI benefits will be provided messaging in their claimant portal prior to exhausting benefits and will be able to submit a new initial application to continue their payment under PEUC.

PEUC Benefits:



If either of the above bullets apply to you, you should not yet apply for PEUC. Continue filing your weekly claims for the weeks you are unemployed.

For more information about PEUC, please visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/peuc/