Apply For Benefits-Wisconsin

Apply for Unemployment Benefits via call

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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