Wisconsin Hopes to Update Unemployment System in Next Budget

The state’s current jobless claims technology uses 60-year-old computing language and cannot manage taking in new claims and processing payments simultaneously. Lawmakers hope to update the system with next year’s funds.

The Department of Workforce Development is expected to seek funds in the next state budget to update Wisconsin’s decades-old unemployment system, which officials say has hamstrung the department’s ability to quickly process claims during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers responded to criticism raised by Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Finance, that DWD has not specifically requested funds to replace the state’s system, which uses the 60-year-old COBOL computing language. Evers said the department has made replacing the system a priority and said specifics will be fleshed out during the state budget process...


Ken Notes: From 1985 to 1998 I made a living moving companies from these older systems to distributed PC networks. That was 35 to 20 plus years ago. I can`t believe we still have systems running on COBOL out there.

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