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Wisconsin Unemployment Extension

There is currently one benefit extension program available (until the week ending December 28, 2013).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

EUC is a 100% federally funded program that provides benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. The EUC program was created on June 30, 2008, and has been modified several times. The latest was on January 2, 2013. The eligibility for EUC is determined by the Federal government. This compensation differs from state to state depending on the unemployment rate.

EUC Tiers

The maximum number of weeks an individual can receive UI benefits in Wisconsin depends upon the time each benefit program ends. The following chart shows EUC benefits available in Wisconsin –

Benefit Program Weeks Available Deadline to Establish Benefits
EUC Tier 1 Upto 14 weeks Exhaust regular UI by week ending 12/21/2013
EUC Tier 2 Upto 14 weeks Exhaust Tier 1 by week ending 12/21/2013

To be eligible for EUC benefits you must:

  • Have an unemployment claim that began on or after May 07, 2006
  • Have base period wages in the base period of this claim that is equal to at least 40 times your regular benefit rate
  • Exhausted your regular benefits or your benefit year has ended and not be eligible for a new claim in any state
  • Be unemployed or working reduced hours
  • Be able and available for work and looking for work.
  • Participate in Job Service Career Planning Services when directed.

File for EUC

If you are currently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits, continue to file your weekly claim if you are still unemployed or working reduced hours. You will be notified by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.

If you have not been filing weekly claims and are still unemployed or working reduced hours, you will need to file an application for these additional benefits online or by telephone. You will be notified by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.

Will I be notified when my benefits are ending?

Department of Workforce Department (DWD) notifies claimants when benefits are exhausted or when there is a major change to a benefit extension program. Should Wisconsin become eligible for additional benefits in the future, claimants will be notified automatically.

Know more about unemployment benefits here.


Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.

Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.

  1. Since I lost my job due to downsizing I thought I was able to collect unemployment for a year? I have been applying but as of yet have not been able to find a job.

    • You can consider applying for UI benefits until you find a job.

      One can receive up to 26 weeks of benefits depending on how much they qualify for.

  2. Ididnt get paid for the first couple of weeks because it was my first time filing an didn’t uderstand the persiture why do most people are eligibal for 26 mos why did I only have 18

    • Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

      We do not have access to your claim information.

  3. my unemployment ran out in April 2014, but still filing weekly claims. Will I be eligible to receive weekly checks again, it will be a new year for unemployment?

  4. my unemployment ran out in April i still file my claim but never get a check is there an extinction coming and should i keep filing i have never recived a extinction before will i get help

    • There is no extension available at this time.

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state before filing.

  5. Got 2 weeks left….. Looking for work every day…….Is anybody going to HELP me Maybe WISCONSIN…..

    • I can understand your situation. Please use 888-258-9966(toll free) to speak to job assistance center which is a division of the dept of labor in WI.

      Ask them questions on how you can improve your chances of getting a job soon.

  6. Will the unemployment extensions automatically be applied to my account, Cheryl Fields, 514-68-6287, for my weekly unemployment payments? Please advise at your convenience, 6915 67th Street, #107, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142-1477. You can leave a message at (262)-764-0737 or respond via e-mail, whichever is more efficient for you and your staff. Happy holidays. 12/10/2013 (Second Request Sent 10 December 2013)

    If the Government provides additional EUC benefits, will they be applied to my account and what would the amount be, and when would that possibly occur IF the extensions are granted? I have tried to call the 1-800 number but I am told that “all agents/staff members are busy?”

    Thank you.

    Very Sincerely,

    Cheryl L. Fields
    6915 67th Street
    Unit #107
    Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142-1477
    (262)-764-0737, Voice-Mail

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