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Wisconsin Unemployment Application

File a new claim or reopen an existing one using the following options -

Online
To apply online: Visit Wisconsin Unemployment.

By phone:
Madison Area 608-232-0678
Milwaukee Area 414-438-7700
Toll Free Number 1-800-UC CLAIM and 1-800-822-5246

Claims specialists are available:
Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Online and Automated Telephone Initial Claim Systems timing:
Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday-Friday 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

To File a Weekly Claim Certification for a Benefit Payment -

Online: Visit Wisconsin Unemployment.

By Telephone:
Madison Area 608-261-9990
Milwaukee Area 414-438-5395
Toll Free Number 1-800-978-7887

Online and Automated Telephone Weekly Claim Systems timing:
Sunday 9:00 AM – Midnight
Monday-Friday 1:00 AM – Midnight
Saturday 1:00 AM – 3:00 PM

To Get Information, Assistance or to Talk to a Claims Specialist -

Online Claim Information:  Visit Wisconsin Unemployment.

By Telephone:
Madison Area 608-232-0824
Milwaukee Area 414-438-7713
Toll Free Number 1-800-494-4944

Claims specialists are available:
Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Online and Automated Telephone Weekly Claim Systems area timing:
Sunday 9:00 AM – Midnight
Monday-Friday 1:00 AM – Midnight
Saturday 1:00 AM – 3:00 PM

TIPS

  1. The automated telephone initial claim system collects data for your initial claim application.
  2. Most claims need a Claims Specialist to complete an initial claim application. It is advisable to make a call when the specialist is available else the system will record your claim as having been filed yet ask you to call back on the same line to complete your application.
  3. Your claim will start in the week that you placed your first call.
  4. To reopen claims with only one intervening employer since the last claim, all information that is needed to process your claim is collected by this automated system.

Before you file your initial claim, keep the following documents ready:-Your SSN – Social Security Number

  • Your PIN* – Personal Identification Number. This is a number that you create on the system and  is required for all online and telephonic unemployment services.
  • Wisconsin Driver’s license ( if any)
  • History of employment for the past 18 months. This will include:
    • Names, contact numbers and addresses of previous employees
    • Reasons behind work separation
    • Date of joining and date of leaving the last job
  • If you are not a citizen of U.S, alien registration number will be required.
  • If you are a member of a skilled trades union, the name and contact details of the union hall is required
  • Your current residential address

*Your PIN can be created either via telephone or the Internet. When you call the claims center at the toll free number, your will receive instructions on how to create a PIN. It can be any number of your choice.

Want to know how much you will receive as benefit amount? Calculate your benefits.

Not sure if you qualify for unemployment benefits? Why not have a look at the eligibility requirements for unemployment in the state of Wisconsin.

Got questions? Head to our Q&A Section.

Questions & Answers

  1. jeffory burke says:

    what web sight do I log onto to fill out my banking info for direct depodit

  2. Laura says:

    I am wondering if I can get unemployment if I quit my job to finish my masters degree last oct. I finished in May obtained my degree but have been unable to find a new job. Thank you Laura Krause

  3. Shelly Smith says:

    i need to fill in direct deposit info

    • kathy says:

      This is not the unemployment office. Perhaps if you go to the website you will find the form necessary for direct deposit information.

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