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Tony Evers, Governor

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Unemployment Data Information Release

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released information related to the most recent unemployment insurance data.

The data includes:

The data also contains weekly applications, claims numbers, and total received since March 15, 2020:

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; this is referred to as the adjudication process.

Adjudication is 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. Under normal conditions, adjudication typically takes 21 days to process.

Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits: If you are out of work through no fault of your own, and you have 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.

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 provided an additional payment to individuals who are collecting regular UI, PEUC, EB, or PUA. It was automatically added to the weekly benefit rate. FPUC benefits ended on July 25, 2020.

Unemployment Benefits Claims Status

The information below is for March 15, 2020 – September 26, 2020.

Approximately 523,515 claimants have been paid over $3.8 billion since March 15, 2020. The weekly Claims in Process in the table below represents approximately 82,630 unique claimants with around 132,368 issues requiring adjudication. A claimant could have one issue or many holding up one week or many weeks.

Claims Status
Weekly Claims Received*1 (includes all programs) 6,914,571
Weekly Claims in Process (includes claims awaiting wage verification, adjudication, etc.) 598,466 (8.66%)
Weekly Claims Resolved (paid + denied) 6,316,105 (91.34%)

*Weekly claims received are not a count of people filing claims

Weekly Claims March 15, 2020 – September 26, 2020

Application and Claim Numbers

Applications and Claims Submitted Cumulative since March 15, 2020 Submitted week ending September 26, 2020
Regular UI Initial Applications** 925,591 10,844
Regular UI Weekly Claims 5,922,901 117,764
PEUC Initial Applications 28,571 4,352
PUA Initial Applications 2 110,540 2,131

**Applications are not a count of people filing claims. Preliminary counts updated daily.

Benefit Payments

Benefits Paid Cumulative since March 15, 2020
Total Benefits Paid $3,806,179,074
FPUC Benefits Paid $2,444,350,112
PUA Benefits Paid $121,948,387
PEUC Benefits Paid $46,211,804

Other Data

UI Calls Received - week ending September 26, 2020 – 48,170

Average number of days from application to payment for regular UI – 25