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Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance benefits are issued to workers who have lost their jobs, through no faults of their own. Unemployment benefits are claimed by workers who are qualified to submit claims.

EDD unemployment in WI is meant to be a temporary assistance for workers who were fired, phased out or pressured into leaving their jobs. The state requires that the worker filing an unemployment claim must have worked for a business which participated in the program, and that the worker was employed at the job for at least six months. Additionally, in order to claim unemployment insurance coverage, the worker must have made a salary that was over the limit for poverty thresholds. In other words, being fired from a part-time job, or a job that provided less than poverty-level wages, would not qualify. Unemployment benefits in WI are not like other government assistance programs that are tied into a family’s stated determination of need (income). The out-of-work employee will receive unemployment, regardless of family income.

Once qualified for unemployment, a worker should review the different methods of application, and then select the most convenient method. When filling out an unemployment insurance application, the potential beneficiary should gather employer contact information, as well as wage statements.

While receiving unemployment benefits, participants are required to report on their job search activities to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Workers are urged to actively seek employment or training while receiving unemployment assistance. Extensions to unemployment benefits do exist, but are very difficult to receive.

Program participants in the WI unemployment program will log in to their accounts and submit biweekly claims electronically. Those who do not have access to computers may file their claims by calling in to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Unemployment claims may only be called in during certain hours and on certain days of the week. All times and dates are subject to change.

To learn about unemployment insurance eligibility, how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits and how to appeal a denied unemployment application, continue to the sections below:

  • Eligibility for Unemployment in Wisconsin
  • How to Apply for Unemployment in Wisconsin
  • Unemployment Benefits Coverage and Duration in Wisconsin
  • Denial of Benefits in Wisconsin
  • Unemployment Extension in Wisconsin
Eligibility for Unemployment in Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents often wonder, “What are the requirements to get unemployment, and am I eligible for it?” Residents who suddenly find themselves without jobs need to answer those questions and, when eligibility for EDD is confirmed, start receiving their benefits as soon as possible. Unemployment insurance eligibility confirmation may mean the difference between personal well-being and extreme financial hardship for unemployment applicants. Read More

How to Apply for Unemployment in Wisconsin

“How can I sign up for unemployment?” is a question that is often asked by Wisconsin residents when their jobs are suddenly lost. It is possible for residents to apply for unemployment benefits if the circumstances of the job loss were not their faults, and if they meet other Wisconsin unemployment requirements. When deciding where to apply for unemployment, applicants should also take the time to gather all of the required information necessary to complete the paperwork. Read More

Unemployment Benefits Coverage and Duration in Wisconsin

Residents of Wisconsin may claim unemployment benefits in a number of ways. Not all unemployment benefit claims that are submitted are accepted, but following the guidelines of the application process precisely will improve the applicant’s chances of receiving benefits in a timely manner. Making sure applicants are eligible for claiming benefits for unemployment is also critical to the process, saving potential beneficiaries time and effort if they do not qualify. Read More

Denial of Unemployment Benefits in Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents who were denied unemployment coverage can appeal the decision, but workers who would like to do so are urged to make sure they have valid reasons to do so, first. One of the first things to do when denied unemployment benefits is to read the notice of denial that was sent. When an unemployment compensation benefits denied letter is delivered, by law, the state has to notify the claimant and list out the reasons for the denial. Read More

Unemployment Extensions in Wisconsin

“How can I extend unemployment in Wisconsin?” is a common question of beneficiaries who need additional financial assistance. Unemployment benefits extensions in Wisconsin may be petitioned for if claimants can present good cases as to why their benefits should extend beyond the three-tiered program already in place. As it currently stands, unemployment compensation extensions can only take place once a qualified recipient has exhausted the 26 weeks of assistance. At its core, unemployment benefits in Wisconsin were never intended to last long. The program’s main goal is to provide some financial assistance while the worker seeks gainful employment. Therefore, if unemployment benefits are exhausted, the beneficiary may have to file for an unemployment benefits extension, or apply to other government assistance programs in the state. Read More