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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 […]

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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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Federal Lost Wages Assistance Available

MADISON – The Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program is now available to eligible state residents. LWA provides an additional $300 weekly unemployment benefit to individuals unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in August and September. The program was announced last month and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) started processing payments on Sept. […]

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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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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 […]

Posted inEye on EmploymentWisconsin Jobs

Uplift 900 employment begins outreach effort

Looking for employment opportunities, news about employment or training and education opportunities? Check out our Eye on Employment page by clicking on the graphic above. With Foxconn Technology Group building a 20 million square foot manufacturing campus, utilities building out infrastructure projects, and the need for permanent hires once the building is complete — the opportunities for […]

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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 […]