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Posted inCORONAVIRUS

Pandemic-Related Benefits Payments End Saturday

WISCONSIN –  Various economic benefits, available to residents through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, will officially end this Saturday (Sept. 4). These benefit payments were created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits, administered through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), include an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits as well […]

Posted inGovernmentLocal news

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 […]

Posted inGovernmentLocal news

Thousands await jobless aid as Wisconsin leaders blame each other for failure

By Marty HobeTMJ4 Newsand Bram Sable-SmithWisconsin Watch/WPR As Wisconsin businesses shuttered this spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, jobless filings and phone calls flooded the state Department of Workforce Development — too quickly for staffers to keep up. But DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman remained optimistic.  In a May 4 email, Frostman told Unemployment Insurance Division […]

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State Applies for Fed Unemployment Grant; Could Add $300 to Weekly Benefit

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Friday applied for federal funding that could add $300 to the weekly unemployment benefits received by eligible residents. The grant application is for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Lost Wages Assistance Program, a disaster relief intuitive that includes assistance to workers who have lost jobs because of the […]

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Following denials, laid-off Wisconsin workers with disabilities now eligible for federal pandemic aid

Potentially hundreds of laid-off Wisconsin workers with disabilities are now eligible for federal aid that other unemployed workers have received during the pandemic. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) on Monday said it would begin offering Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)  — a program under Congress’ disaster stimulus bill — to people who lost their […]

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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 […]

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DWD Closes Job Centers Across the State in an Effort to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that Job Centers across the state will be closed to the public starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to follow the Governor’s Emergency Order #12, “Safer at Home.” Services to the public will remain available online and assistance will also be […]

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DATCP, DWD Connect the Dots With Job Training for Wisconsin Farmers

Earlier today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary-designee Caleb Frostman addressed a meeting of the Board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). During the meeting, Frostman announced that DATCP and DWD have revived joint efforts to assist farmers in need of job training.  “Wisconsin farmers contribute greatly to the […]