‘We’ve been very busy’: WI DWD fields thousands of calls as laid off workers seek unemployment benefits

MADISON, Wis. – As the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reports about a dozen mass layoff notices from businesses statewide Monday, its secretary is sharing the best ways for those affected to get unemployment benefits.

To deal with the influx of laid off workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency order from Governor Tony Evers waives the requirement for applicants to do four job searches a week to receive benefits.

“We’ve been very busy,” DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. “I think last week, we had Friday north of 17,000 initial claims filed. For reference, the Sunday before that was 1,500.”

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