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Extended Unemployment Benefits In Wisconsin: Eligibility & Payment

Updated : November 2nd, 2022

As the pandemic-induced economic downturn continues to affect the Wisconsinites, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has announced extended unemployment benefits in the state. This post will tell you who qualifies for the extended unemployment benefits in Wisconsin and how to apply for the program.

More About The Extended Unemployment Benefits In Wisconsin?

On Wednesday, December 2, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced that the residents could begin applying for the Extended Benefits (EB). The Department could trigger EB because the state’s unemployment rate had reached its threshold level. Under the Extended Benefits program, the residents can receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) for an additional 13 weeks.

The first payable week under this program is retroactive to the week ending May 23, 2020, or the first week after a claimant has exhausted all their benefits received through the regular and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. The last payable week is the week ending November 2020. 

Who Qualifies For The Extended Unemployment Benefits In Wisconsin?

One should meet certain eligibility criteria to qualify for the extended unemployment benefits in Wisconsin. They include: 

  • Should exhaust all benefits received through the regular unemployment program
  • Should exhaust benefits received through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program 
  • Shouldn’t qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program 

How To Apply For The Extended Unemployment Benefits In Wisconsin?

Individuals who have run out of regular unemployment benefits or PEUC will have to apply with the Department. Wisconsin extended unemployment benefits application can be found in the “Important Messages” section of the claimant portal dashboard. 

Individuals who have exhausted benefits but are no longer claiming them will be notified of EB eligibility through the mail. 

How Much Benefits Will You Receive Under The Extended Benefits Program?

You will receive the same amount as you receive through the regular unemployment program. The maximum unemployment benefits in Wisconsin $370, and the minimum is $54. 

Will You Receive Extended Benefits If You Are Recently Unemployed? 

No, you will not receive Extended Benefits if you have lost your job recently. However, you can apply for a regular Unemployment Insurance program. 

Note that to qualify for regular unemployment benefits in Wisconsin, you must meet several eligibility criteria. Some of them include: 

  • You are fully or partially unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Your weekly earnings are reduced 
  • You have worked for minimum numbers of hours 
  • You have earned minimum wages

Normally, the Department requires you to meet work search requirements as well. But this requirement is currently waived off due to the pandemic. 

Documents Required 

You will have to provide several details while applying for the Wisconsin unemployment benefits. They include: 

  • Your name 
  • Your address
  • Your employers’ name
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your phone number and email address
  • Your employers’ contact information
  • Alien Registration Number, if you are a non-U.S. citizen

Applying For Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits

You can apply for Wisconsin unemployment benefits in 6 simple steps. 

Step 1– Visit

Step 2 – Carefully read the terms and conditions 

Step 3 – Generate a username and password 

Step 4 – Login to your account

Step 5 – Fill the application 

Step 6 – Submit the application

The Department will review your application and mail you the amount of benefits you will receive. If you do not qualify, the Department will send a notice indicating why your claim was rejected. However, if you believe that you are eligible for benefits, you can file an unemployment appeal. 

Note that you do not qualify for the regular unemployment benefits if you are a gig-worker or self-employed. However, you may be eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program announced under the CARES Act. The program provides benefits up to 39 weeks and is scheduled to end on December 26, 2020. 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides benefits for those who otherwise do not qualify for benefits like the self-employed, independent contractors, and gig-workers. 

Final Words 

With the Extended Benefits, you can now collect benefits for a total of 52 weeks in Wisconsin. If you are staying in Wisconsin, and have exhausted all your benefits, quickly file an initial application, collect your payments and meet your basic needs. 


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  1. What does adjournment fact finding mean? I have been waiting 10 weeks for my benefits in Michigan. I call in every two weeks as stated to do so but I have not received any other information on my case.

  2. I moved from Hawaii to Oregon. Can I still claim UI benefits? Do I claim Hawaii or Oregon benefits?

  3. Have yet to receive any benefits, now missing 10 weeks of back unemployment, my current status is active, yet on all of the weeks claimed it says “hold- unresolved issues” under payment status. How can I fix this? been surviving until now but really need the money.

    • Dysean,

      I can understand your situation. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  4. My husband was terminated from employment while on Dr Requested Medical leave, he waited until the dr released him to work again, and filed for unemployment.

    I don’t think the reason for his being let go was a reason within his control, but he is still pending adjudication, thats been more than a month now :(

    I submitted his out of work orders from the Doctor as well as the letter of termination from his employer showing the reason they let him go, is there anything else we should provide? And any idea how long this process takes ?


    • Lisa,

      Keep gathering as many supporting documents as you can. This might take more time than expected due the pendency.

  5. My mom’s unemployment is in CT. Recently they want her to start the work search on Sunday. Can she look for jobs in another state like Nevada? Can she transfer her unemployment from CT to Nevada?

  6. I was drawing pua prior to 4/10/21 then Ky updated system for the cares act everything on claim updated got my approval letter then when I went to request payment it went under fact finding talked to someone this morning they say I answered a question wrong I answered like I always have so it must by mistake answered a question wrong now they say a adjuvecator has to fix it and can’t give me a time frame I haven’t gotten pd in 8 weeks and am losing everything I have is there anyway to get this done quicker thanks

    • Lila,

      Unfortunately, you have to wait. Please see if you can get the contact details of your adjudicator and follow up regulary.

  7. If you just applied for unemployment and Nevada last week how long do it take to get a interview call with adjudicator for determination

    • Rebecca,

      If you’re lucky, it will happen within days. There are claimants who’re waiting for weeks and months.

  8. I’ve had my unemployment benefits placed on hold pending a fact finding check, I was laid off and given a severance package on my last day of work and reported it when I filed for unemployment. I’ve been receiving benefits all along then suddenly 4 weeks ago my benefits were placed on hold pending Adjudication. I’ve called the unemployment office numerous times but can only speak to a phone operator and not an actual person to revolve my issue. This long process is very nerve wracking.

    • Jason,

      We understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the pendency. Please continue following up regularly.

  9. My boyfriend has worked in three different states recently, including the one we live in right now. He needs to file for unemployment, but it says on the online application that he must contact someone by phone in order to do so. We have called the lines hundreds of times a day for weeks now and get nothing but hung up on. Our family of four is homeless now, living in our car, in a town that has extremely extremely strict sleeping in car rules. Please, what can we do

  10. I live in Washington state, Getting a layoff in June. I plan to move to Texas at some point after my layoff. What happens to my UI payments? do they end up lower due to the difference in Wa and Tx?

    • So I have been receiving unemployment benefits in Florida but am moving to Michigan in a week. Florida is opting out of the $300 extra a week federal unemployment on June 27th.i know I can still file through Florida’s unemployment site or can have it transferred to Michigan but the Florida amount would still apply. What I was wondering though is if I DID transfer to Michigan would I be able to collect the $300 extra a week still?

      • Kimberly,

        You can be provided MI also offers the same quantum of benefits. Else, you will have to collect what they offer.

    • Brad,

      Please apply from the state where your employment was based. You can consider transferring it later.

  11. I have been juggling this issue for nearly 8 months and told to open my claim and look for being ruled ineligible and to apply under PUA icon, it never shows up on the dashboard, I spent 90 minutes on hold yesterday which is very long and never got an answer.

  12. We found out one of our techs started a company that does the exact Services that we provide while working for us. We found out after seeing him post a company other than ours as a recommendation to someone on FB. Thinking thia was odd, we looked into it and low and behold a few months earlier, he had obtained his business license and was actively working on the weekends. As soon as we found out he was dismissed from his position. He opened the business under his wife’s name. She works as a hairdresser. She is not out cleaning roofs and windows. Because the business is in her name, our former employee has filed for unemployment and we just received a letter saying that they were going to give it to him. What is most upsetting about all of this is that we know he is working full time in the field (an employee talked with him) Now, he is getting unemployment which is going to raise our taxes. This is fraudulent and we are the ones that will be punished. I told unemployment in a letter about his business, but because its not in his name, he will get away with it?? This is so wrong! What can we do??

    • Christine,

      I can understand your situation. You can consider filing an appeal/reporting to the Unemployment Office. They should have a suitable remedy for you.

  13. I been unemployed since 04/19/2021 and I cannot complete the unemployment online , please help

  14. Hello – I am 62, reside in Colorado, was let go from my employer of 29 years due to RIF in Oct 2020, am currently receiving bi-weekly severance checks through Aug 2021, and have withdrawn my pension in a lump sum. Am I entitled to unemployment benefits when my severance pay runs out? Thank you.

  15. Missing 9 weeks of back unemployment payment haven’t gotten any money yet really need help on this with someone

  16. can i appeal when i don’t qualify for unemployment insurance due for safety reason with covid – 19

    • Michael,

      Please provide more details surrounding your question. UI benefits are extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons.

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