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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, 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

Sept. 25, 2023
CONTACT: DWD Communications

U.S. Department of Labor Awards DWD More Than $11 Million

Eighteen states, including Wisconsin, receive funds to modernize unemployment insurance systems

MADISON– The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has been awarded $11.25 million in federal funds to strengthen and modernize its unemployment insurance system, part of a continuing improvement process to make its system more reliable and accessible to users.

On Friday, Sept. 22, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $204 million in grants to modernize information technology (IT) infrastructure in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grants will allow Wisconsin and other states to adopt new strategies to upgrade and redesign unemployment insurance programs, better defend against fraud, and make the systems easier to maintain and change.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance services, we continue to seek ways we can leverage technology to improve the speed and accuracy of unemployment benefit payments and make the system easier to navigate," said DWD Secretary Amy Pechacek. "We look forward to investing these funds in additional efforts to overhaul our state's decades-old unemployment insurance infrastructure and benefits delivery system."

Last year, DWD announced it had published a new UI Claimant Handbook, making the handbook easier to read and understand. Publication of the new handbook follows other recent and ongoing modernization efforts including:

Since 2021, DWD has received more than $28 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to improve equity, reduce fraud and modernize Wisconsin's unemployment system.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor strategy to modernize the unemployment insurance system.


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.