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Are you physically able to work?

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Are you willing to actively look for a job?

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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 1890 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Apr 2013 - Jun 2013 to Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

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How did you lose your job?

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 608-232-0678 if you live in the Madison local calling area. If you live in the Milwaukee local calling area call 414-438-7700. If you live outside of the Madison or Milwaukee local calling area dial 1-800-822-5246. For deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired callers (Callers must have a telephone typewriter device. Voice calls are not answered on this number.): TTY 1-888-393-8914. A recorded voice will answer your call. The voice will ask you questions and tell you what numbers to press to give your answers. You must press 1 to apply for benefits. After you have answered all the questions, one of our staff will help you finish. Apply during these times: Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Claims Specialists are available Monday-Friday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Most claims require that the initial claim application be completed by a Claims Specialist. If your claim needs to be completed by a Claims Specialist and you call during hours when Claims Specialists are not available, the system will record your claim as having been filed and will tell you to call back (using the same telephone number) between 7:00AM and 5:30PM, Monday through Friday, to complete your application. Your claim will start in the week that you placed your first call.

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website.
Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Wisconsin (WI)
    Phone Number: 608-232-0678 if you live in the Madison local calling area. If you live in the Milwaukee local calling area call 414-438-7700. If you live outside of the Madison or Milwaukee local calling area dial 1-800-822-5246. For deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired callers (Callers must have a telephone typewriter device. Voice calls are not answered on this number.): TTY 1-888-393-8914. A recorded voice will answer your call. The voice will ask you questions and tell you what numbers to press to give your answers. You must press 1 to apply for benefits. After you have answered all the questions, one of our staff will help you finish. Apply during these times: Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Claims Specialists are available Monday-Friday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Most claims require that the initial claim application be completed by a Claims Specialist. If your claim needs to be completed by a Claims Specialist and you call during hours when Claims Specialists are not available, the system will record your claim as having been filed and will tell you to call back (using the same telephone number) between 7:00AM and 5:30PM, Monday through Friday, to complete your application. Your claim will start in the week that you placed your first call.
    File Online: http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/ui/
    Major Towns: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Waukesha, Eau Claire, Oshkosh and Janesville

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Unemployment Questions

    Do I need to report new employment if I have not been paid yet?

    Yes. You must report working in every week that you work, no matter when you will be paid for the work. And all wages must be reported on your weekly claim certification for the week in which they were earned, not in the week you are paid. If you do not report working in a week that you work, you could be penalized in addition to having to pay back any improperly received benefits.

    I had to quit my last job – am I eligible for unemployment?

    If your separation from your last employer was for anything other than layoff, State agency will conduct a fact-finding interview by phone and to secure information from you, your employer and any other relevant parties before we can determine your eligibility. No payments can be made until we have issued a decision, and that decision allows benefits. Decision will be made based on the fact finding interviews.

    I am planning to attend school, will that be an issue?

    Generally States require that claimants be willing and able to work fulltime days, and actively seek such employment. If someone is attending a university and taking day classes, they may not meet this requirement. If they are taking an evening course or two on the other hand, there should be no problem.
    There is a provision that will waive the able and available and work search requirements if the individual is enrolled full-time in a vocational program (diesel truck driving, cosmetology, nursing aide, etc.). Benefits will be held while the state determines whether your school attendance meets these requirements.

    Do I have to take a job that pays less than what I used to make?

    Wisconsin statutes provide for a “canvassing period” of up to six weeks after a job separation, during which time a claimant may indeed use the wages and skills of the last job as a basis to evaluate an offer of new work. If the skills are different or the wage substantially less, benefits are normally not affected. However, after the canvassing period ends, the individual must be willing to accept work which offers reasonable wages, hours and other conditions in that area for that type of work offered, without regard to past wages or skills.

    Can I receive weekly Unemployment benefits and Social Security benefits at the same time?

    Yes. Wisconsin Unemployment benefits are not affected by also receiving Social Security Retirement benefits. Social Security Retirement cash benefits are also unaffected by receiving WI Unemployment benefits. To find out more about how to qualify and how to apply for Social Security Retirement benefits go online to www.socialsecurity.gov.

    Receiving a pension/401(k) and unemployment insurance benefits

    A pension or monies received from a 401(k) based on work for an employer who is in your base period (potentially responsible for your unemployment benefits) may affect your benefits. This issue will be referred to an adjudicator for a complete investigation. If the employer you are receiving a pension from is not in your base period, it will have no impact on your claim



    Common Reasons for Disqualifications

    Even if you have been paid enough wages from covered employment to qualify for unemployment benefits, you will not receive benefits if you:
    • quit a job without good cause. UI law suspends your benefits for 4 weeks and until you earn 4 times your WBR.
    • are fired for misconduct. UI law removes that employer's base period wages from the calculation of your MBA and also suspends your benefits for 7 weeks and until you earn 14 times your WBR.
    • are fired for failing to notify your employer of excessive absenteeism or tardiness. UI law suspends your benefits for 6 weeks and until you earn 6 times your WBR.
    • refuse work without good cause. UI law suspends your benefits for 4 weeks and until you earn 4 times your WBR.
    • fail to make an acceptable work search for any week that one is required.
    • are working and claiming benefits and do not do all the work available during a week. UI law adds the income you could have earned to what you did earn to calculate your benefits due. If you miss more than 16 hours in a week no benefits are payable for that week.
    • work a total of 40 or more hours for all employers in a week you are claiming.
    • are working and claiming benefits for a week for which you will be paid at least 35 hours from an employer who paid 80% or more of your total base period wages, and your rate of pay for this week is the same or greater than you were paid by this employer during the high quarter of your base period.
    • are not able to work or available for work in a week. The department must investigate any circumstance that restricts your ability or availability for work. Examples include, but are not limited to, the hours you can work, the type of work you can perform and the distance you can travel. Even if you are working you may be disqualified if you are not available for full-time work.
    • are unemployed because of a strike or other labor dispute, other than a lockout. Employees who are not participating in the labor dispute, but become unemployed because of it, may also be ineligible. If you work in covered employment after the start of the strike and you have qualifying wages for a claim based on that employment alone, you may be eligible for benefits while the strike is in progress.
    • work for a school only during the normal school year. You are ineligible for benefits based on school year employment during school vacation periods and between academic terms or years if you have reasonable assurance of returning to similar work after the vacation or at the start of the next term or year. We can pay benefits during these periods from other employers only if you have qualifying wages for a claim based on employment from the other employers alone.
    • are paid by a family corporation, owned or controlled by you or your immediate family in your base period. Your maximum benefit amount (MBA) may be reduced. When we calculate your MBA, the wages used from the family corporation employer cannot exceed 10 times the weekly benefit rate (WBR) from that employer. This may also apply to a partnership, depending on your relationship to the partners.
    • work in excluded employment. Excluded employment is work which is not covered under Wisconsin's UI Law. You cannot be paid unemployment benefits based on that work. Some examples of excluded employment include:
    • Work for an educational institution while a student there.
    • Work as a real estate or insurance salesperson if paid only by commission.

Questions & Answers

  1. Teresa Gorman says:

    I have lost half my hours do to winter hours it will be from Jan 1st 2014 till May 1st 2014 I was told to apply for unempolyment

    • Adrian says:

      You can positively look at applying for unemployment insurance if you are laid off for a temporary period or if there has been reduction in the number of hours.

  2. jame irmino says:

    how do u get a hold of a person on the phone been trying ALL WEEK and keep getting the same recording mon – friend today is fri have a ? on what do if u forgot to put in a day that u worked on the week
    ly claims

  3. Karen K. Lemanski says:

    I don’t know if I pressed the right #’s on the touch tone phone and am wondering if I said missed I meant that I did not work for 3 days. Not sure about this?
    618 I missed work on Sun 7/28, Wed 7/31 and 8/1.2013
    Please help and make sure i did fill this out properly on the phone. Thank you, Karen

  4. Bonnie Scott says:

    I filed a claim for the week ending 08-03-2013, I made $80.00 I should still be able to collect my benefits for that week. I have tried several times to contact someone and the recording just tells me my claim has been accepted. Then where is my money?

  5. Suze A says:

    My grandson worked for a place for nearly 2 yrs. He was in school so worked part time. When he graduated and in summer he worked alot of hours. Then when he went back to school in fall his hours were cut, even more so when he was in school before. Some how of another they thought he had another job and called him and told him he wasn’t needed anymore and since they thought he had another job they let him go. He is only 18 and didn’t know you could get unemployment. So about a month or so after he was let go he filed but was told he filed to late. Is there a time period you have to file?

  6. Dan says:

    Can i collect if I’ve world at a job for 9yrs and i don’t get the benefits i deserve. vacation and regular raises

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Dan,

      If there has been a breach in the work contract from your employers end, then you can quit the job and avail benefits. But, before quitting, you will have to attempt to reach out to your employer and settle the issue. If it doesn’t, then you can move on to quit. Were these benefits mentioned in the contract?

  7. Kelly Cole says:

    I was fired on 12/18/2012 while on Medical leave for neck surgery that wasn’t covered by FMLA due to not being there for a year. Because it was a pre-existing condition, I didn’t qualify for short term disability either. I am now enrolled in school since I’m unable to do such physical jobs anymore. If I’m enrolled in night classes, an I able to collect unemployment while looking for a day time job?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Kelly,

      If you are unable to or/and unavailable to work, then you might not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. You can attend classes and look for a job and receive benefits, but please take a look at other requirements which are in place.

  8. Tremaine carter says:

    Is there a number to call to see if a check was mailed out for me?

  9. Patricia ruby says:

    I work for a non profit. Most of us lost our jobs, to outsourcing. Some of us worked there over 20 years. My question is, What about us? They told us we are not eligible for unemployment. My guestion Is that really true? We are leaving with next to nothing. Thanks

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Patricia,

      It is a requirement to have worked under covered employment in order to receive unemployment compensation. If your company says you are not eligible, they might not have paid employment taxes to the government rendering you disqualified for benefits. This could be a possible reason. There might be some other reason which I am unaware of. You could still go ahead and apply to let the unemployment office provide a formal determination.

  10. jeff Herrmann says:

    My son works at a small hardware store that’s closeing.Allmost all the little hardware stores in this area have.Is there any programs for him to get his GED and some schooling.

  11. Cindy Dart says:

    How do I change my direct deposit to a different bank?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Cindy,

      You should be able to change the direct deposit details while filing your weekly claim. You may have to visit an unemployment office if that isn’t possible.

  12. Vincent P. Miller says:

    I lost my 2012 Unemployment W-2 from Wisconsin, and need a replacement W-2 so I can file my 2012
    income Tax. My S.S. is 389-94-0427

  13. jon binder says:

    Yes have a question. I left one full time job to go back to. School and started a different one. The new one I have not working out for me and school. If I were to quit to look for different job that works better with school. Would I be eligible for unemployment for time looking for new job.

  14. Patti Sabel says:

    If a worker provides a two week notice of employment ending with an organization based solely on the employee’s decision, how can they be found eligible for WI UC? Also, the same employee who leaves and moves to Las Vegas, NV, can they apply for UC in that state?

  15. Brittany says:

    I worked for Burger King for 5 years, I missed 2 days of work, one with a doctors not and one no call no show, my boss suspended me and then fired me for not calling her in 2 days, can I collect unemployment she is fighting my claim because of ‘excessive abseentism/tardiness’

    • kathy says:

      No call, no show for 2 days might work against you. File your claim, state your case and see what happens. You can appeal. If you lose ask what you need to do to be able to collect in the future.

  16. Michael Bedis says:

    I am writing about an aqaintance, Randall D Whitrock. He was fired from his job approximately 1 month ago from White Construction in Beaver Dam due to failing a manditory drug test. Is he eligible for unemployment benefits?

  17. Jessica says:

    Does Wisconsin follow the Trailing Spouse unemployement law?

  18. Lessa says:

    My daughter who has worked McDonalds for almost 2 years was fired and we are wondering is hse can claim unemploymnet benefits being she is under 18

  19. veronixa martinez rios says:

    para resir mis beneficios

  20. [...] seasonally adjusted jobless rate in April was 8.5 percent, down 0.3 percentage points from March. Wisconsin unemployment rate remains under the national unemployment rate of 9.9 [...]

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