Wisconsin Unemployment

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2012 Update: Wisconsin extended benefits will end on April 7th, 2012.

2011 Update – There is now a one week waiting period before you can start collecting your unemployment benefits. Additionally, if you test positive for a drug test or refuse to take one, you will be considered ineligible for any benefits.

How to file an unemployment claim in Wisconsin:

When you file for unemployment in Wisconsin, it is similar to most other states in that benefits will only be paid back to the date you submit your claim, not the date you lose your job. So, if you wait to file, you should know that you will not get any money for the days you waited. You can also choose to have your claim start one week earlier or one week later but not all way back to your last day of work if it is longer than a week.
  • The best way to file your first claim to get benefits is to go online at the following page: State of Wisconsin DWD
  • To see other ways to file for unemployment in Wisconsin state, please visit this page that goes over all your other options.

You will need this information to file a claim:

When you file for the first time you will need the following information: To help speed up the process, have will want to have the following information on hand:
  • Your Social Security number (SSN)
  • A Pin (personal identification number) that you can get here
  • Your driver’s license number or a state ID number
  • Names and addresses of all employers for the last 18 months. You will also need your first and last days of work at those companies, reasons why you don’t work there anymore, and valid telephone numbers to those employers
  • Name and local number to your union hall (if you are in a union)

How to appeal an unemployment claim determination:

When you submit your initial claim, it will be accepted or denied. Not everyone get their first claims approved and if yours is rejected you may want to appeal. If it is determined that you do not qualify for Wisconsin unemployment benefits you can learn how to file an appeal here.

Wisconsin unemployment extension options:

Extensions offered are based on various tiers. To see where you stand and whether you will qualify for extended Wisconsin unemployment benefits please take a look at this page – Extensions


State of Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/
Frequently Asked Questions
About Unemployment Benefits
Extension of Benefits http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/extended_benefits.htm
File an Appeal

Appeal Form

Job / Career Information http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/
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