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Posted inCORONAVIRUS

‘I got nothing left’: Wisconsin’s jobless pushed to brink as ideas swirl for mending torn safety net

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch Brandon Cacek filed for unemployment insurance in mid-March last year after losing his substitute teaching job due to the pandemic. He’s still waiting for that crucial aid 11 months later. “I keep leaving out hope that I’m going to get some kind of assistance through this,” said Cacek, 40, a […]

Posted inNews

DHS Launches Multimedia Campaign Encouraging Wisconsinites to Enter Health Care Field

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today the launch of WisHealth Careers, a multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites across the state to enter the health care field. “Our ability to fight COVID-19 depends on having a robust workforce caring for […]

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As the nation reckons with race, a mother awaits unemployment aid — and Wisconsin officials lack research

Alfreida Casterlow could hardly bear her first weeks working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Disrupted routines upset her 20-year-old autistic daughter. Casterlow, 43, would try to keep her daughter engaged. She would lie alongside her, rubbing her forehead to soothe her — all while continuing to operate switchboards for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee. Then […]

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Reversing course: Wisconsin seeks federal OK to aid the unemployed with disabilities

After issuing a slew of denials, state regulators are now pushing to give federal pandemic aid to laid-off Wisconsinites with disabilities.  The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is asking the U.S. Department of Labor to allow it to issue Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  — a program under Congress’ disaster stimulus bill — to unemployed workers […]

Posted inEye on Employment

High School Students to gain skills for a welding career

Through a $100,000 Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Fast Forward grant award given to Gateway Technical College, some high school students will have the opportunity to build the skills necessary for an in-demand career in welding. With this grant, 34 high school students from schools located in Gateway’s district will get the opportunity to […]

Posted inGovernmentPolice and Fire

Age Discrimination Allegations Against Caledonia Police Department Unfounded

The Equal Rights Division of the Department of Workforce Development determined that allegations made by a long-time cop against that the Caledonia Police Department for discriminated were unfounded, according to a story by the Journal Times. Caledonia police Sgt. Robert Kittel filed a complaint in September against the command staff in his department alleging that […]

Posted inCommunity

Despite Drop, Racine Tops Unemployment Rate List

Despited seeing improvements in its unemployment rate, Racine still topped the list with the highest unemployment rate in the state and Caledonia had the lowest unemployment rate. However, the employment outlook is starting to look better. Racine’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Sept., a 1.7 percent decrease compared with the same period a year ago, according […]