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Wisconsin Unemployment Weekly Claims

Once you are termed eligible to receive UI benefits, you have to start your weekly claim certification.
A weekly claim certification is the claim you file for a certain calendar week when you want to receive an unemployment payment for that week. A calendar week for UI purposes always starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday. There are a set of requirements needed to be fulfilled failing which you will not receive any benefits.

You must file a weekly claim certification within 14 days of the end of the calendar week you are claiming, but you cannot file your claim for a week until the week has ended.

If you end up filing a weekly claim certification more than 14 days after the last certification, the system will not let you file a weekly claim certification for a benefit payment. You must reapply to “reactivate” or “reopen” your claim to resume receiving your benefits.

Prepare to answer these questions while filing your weekly claim -

1. Were you able to work full-time and available for full-time work?

2. Did you contact at least two employers during the week to try to find work? (This question is not asked if your work search is waived.)

3. During the week, did you refuse work that was offered to you?

4. During the week, did you work or did you receive or will you receive sick pay, bonus pay or commission?
You will be told to enter the gross amount of income from each employer, including, sick pay, bonus pay and commissions. Do not include holiday, vacation or dismissal pay as wages.You will be told to enter the number of hours and the additional minutes for which you received or will receive pay from each employer.

5. Did you receive, or will you receive, holiday pay, vacation pay or dismissal pay for the week?

If yes, you will be asked to enter the gross amount of each type of pay from each employer. After the gross amount of each type of pay is entered, you will be told to enter the number of hours and the additional minutes for which you received or will receive that type of pay from each employer.

6. Were you self-employed?

Answer “YES” if you are self-employed or operating your own business, i.e. farming, partnership, LLC or corporation.
Answer “NO” if you are selling Avon, Amway, Tupperware, etc. This is normally considered employment and you would report the income as wages. However, if you feel this is self-employment, answer “YES” and the Department will contact you for further information.

7. Report any changes in the address.

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

Know more bout Wisconsin unemployment -

Job search requirements for each week.
Details on how to apply for unemployment.
Eligibility Requirements for the unemployment in Wisconsin.
Job training for applicants.
Calculate your benefits.

Questions & Answers

  1. patricia durkin says:

    I just did my claim for unemployment got approved but have to talk back to claim specialist on Monday what number do I call

  2. Mike says:

    If I exhausted regular 26 weeks of benefits this week can I continue to file weekly claims until Federal Extension is enacted?

    • Adrian says:

      You will not be able to.

      If the regular,state provided benefits have been exhausted, please watch news on extension of the EUC and apply accordingly.

  3. donna kahl says:

    I stopped calling in my claim because I’m really confused. My benefit letter says they run out in May 2014, yet I haven’t had a check since the end of December 2013. I know what Congress did, but I didn’t think I was in the “extension” area yet. How can i get what was promised to me by letter…reapply? I’m retirement age an d the reality is it’s hard to find a job for me. Please advise…things are getting desperate.

    • Adrian says:

      May be your application exhausted the regular UI benefits and moved to extension when it stopped.

      You must immediately contact the WI labor dept on one of the numbers below for more information on the letter you received.

      608-232-0824 Madison
      414-438-7713 Milwaukee
      800-494-4944 Toll-free

  4. Lou says:

    Last week I have done my weekly claim on-line and this week I have done it by automated phone. Do I need to talk to someone live to have this processed?

    • Adrian says:

      I don’t think that is required.You can check the status of the claim filed online for update.

      It is all the same.

  5. terri guinn says:

    I got a job,only part time.what do i do for reporting my work

    • Adrian says:

      Please report that you have worked less than what is considered a full time job.I suggest that you file online for self help.

  6. David Risch says:

    I have a few weeks that I did not claim the hours worked-did not hear and follow the question properly. How can I fix this?

    • Adrian says:

      Simple.Please speak to a representative from the claims team of the labor department/ if you filed online, you must have an option.

  7. Sue B says:

    Hi, I am trying to reopen my UI Benefits. My current job I called in to my supervisor to say I lost my car and was unable to work. I called in both days, on second day my supervisor asked if I was resigning I said no. I was then told I will be fired for abandonment of job. Can I collect UI benefits again? Thank you

  8. andre clark says:

    I was denied first time had to make 1.400 more dollars did so could u check see if iqualify now called in claim last week but cant get threw this week to follow up to talk to some one how do I claim on line

  9. Tina says:

    I have registered for everything on line the job center keeps sending me in circles an I can’t figure out how to post my resume?

  10. lauren landers says:

    could i please have a weekly print out mailed to me as to what weeks my unemployment is for. i just started receiving, and it is direct deposit. but i dont know for wat weeks i was elible for. please contact me , i tried calling and 1800 4944944. it told me to call back i just need a paper trail thank u

  11. Mary jo st george says:

    I have applied already how do i set up up payment. On the card they talk about?
    the phone said my payment was made on 9/10/13 where is it ?

  12. kathlene cullum says:

    please I need the address to the Madison office , I need to mail my form in for Direct Deposit ,for my check to be deposited onto my Pre Paid card every week. thank you.

    • kathy says:

      I am sorry to say we are not affiliated with any unemployment office. You could try google or perhaps Wisconsin Unemployment allows you to complete the necessary paper work for your deposit online.

  13. juan briseno says:

    Look I’ve been looking for work for awhile now,I’ve been as far away as Florida to California. Then my VA Rep suggested going back to school now I’m being told I don’t qualifiy because the courses I’ve chosen don’t meet your requirerments but they the Federal Governments because they requiredment them. So please tell what hoops I got to jump through to quilifiy for retraining benefits. I would really be happy to do what it takes because otherwise I have to drop out and don’t know what then.

  14. Ju lee says:

    Hello, I have been claiming for two weeks now. I did receive a statement stating that I can get 360.00. Will I recieve this amount this following week or how long untill I can get paid? Rent is coming and I need to make sure I get this check! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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