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Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits

Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance program provides temporary replacement of some income for Wisconsin residents who have lost employment through no fault of their own.

What does the unemployment insurance benefits system look like in Wisconsin? The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development outlines the unemployment benefits Wisconsin has in place. You can find access to all kinds of resources available to the unemployed. You can learn about work-share programs, labor law training, the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council (UIAC), and other legal resources.

Wisconsin has several programs to help the unemployed, including a job center, re-employment services, and a trade adjustment assistance program. There are also several resources which the disabled and unemployed may access. These resources help one find unemployment insurance and work.

While it’s always a good idea to apply for your state’s unemployment insurance, you should also apply for Social Security disability if you are disabled, especially as a result of military service.

Wisconsin Unemployment Services

Private WebsiteWisconsin Unemployment
EmailContact Form
Apply Onlinehttps://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply
Weekly Certificationhttps://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/weeklyclaim
Appeal a Denialhttps://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uibola/appeal.htm
Find a Local OfficeOffice Directory
Report Fraudhttps://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/fraud/report.htm
Coronavirus Updateshttps://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for Wisconsin unemployment insurance, you do have to meet a few eligibility requirements.

First, you need to have earned a certain amount of wages in the 12 to 18 months before filing your initial claim. If you meet the wage conditions for unemployment insurance:

  • You have been paid covered employment wages for 2 or more quarters of your base period
  • You have at least a $54 weekly employment benefit
  • Your wages of the 3 lowest earning calendar quarters from your base period are at least 4 times the amount of your weekly benefit amount,
  • Your total base period wages are 35 times your weekly benefit amount

If you meet the wage criteria, the next thing to look at is your reason for leaving your last job. If you were fired unfairly, quit for a good reason, or let go because your employer either could not afford to pay you or did not have enough work for you to do, you could qualify for UI benefits. However, if you quit for no good reason, were fired due to misconduct, or have been refusing work, you will not qualify.

Lastly, you must be actively searching for work and willing to take available jobs that come up. If you are not searching for work, or are not ready or able to take available jobs, you may not receive unemployment benefits.

How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits

The easiest way to apply for unemployment benefits is to submit an online application. When applying, you’ll need to have some basic personal information and some forms filled out:

  • Email and/or phone number
  • Current address
  • Social Security number
  • Wisconsin driver’s license or identification number
  • Work history for the past 18 months (including dates at each job, reason for leaving, and employer contact info)
  • (if not a US citizen): alien registration number, document number, and expiration date
  • (if served in the military within the past 18 months): form DD-214
  • (if a federal civilian employee): form SF-50 or SF-8
  • (if a member of a union): name and local number of the union hall
  • (if you want direct deposit for UI benefit payments): bank routing number and your account number

Calculating Unemployment Benefits

So how are unemployment benefits calculated? The process for determining benefits in Wisconsin depends on the claimant’s wages. Social security looks at wages paid during your base period when determining eligibility and amount. The base period is the first 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters (not including the one you’re in when you file the claim). They will determine a potential weekly benefit amount by calculating the total covered wages from the high quarter (the quarter from the base period with the highest wages). The weekly benefit is 4% of the covered wages from the high quarter. The minimum weekly benefit payment is $54 (high quarter income of $1,350), and the maximum is $370 (high quarter income of $9,250).

If you meet the last 2 requirements, your weekly payment has a good chance of going through.

Maintaining Eligibility and Reporting Requirements

In order to maintain your unemployment insurance benefits, there are 4 things you need to be doing.

  • Register with the Wisconsin Job Center
  • Do 4 or more valid work search actions every week
  • File a weekly claim certification every week
  • Report your earnings every week

Appeals and Disqualifications

How do I appeal a decision if I do not get unemployment insurance or do not get the benefit amount I feel I deserve?

You can file an appeal online or mail it to the UI office. In your appeal, include the following:

  • A copy of the determination or its 9-digit number (top left corner of the page)
  • Claimant’s name and Social Security number
  • Name and address of the business
  • Any dates/times that you, witnesses, and/or representatives would not be able to attend a hearing
  • Any other accommodations you would require at a hearing

What automatically disqualifies you from getting unemployment insurance in Wisconsin?

Some actions that would immediately disqualify you from receiving UI benefits include:

  • Being fired for misconduct or refusing work without a good reason
  • Not completing the required job search actions
  • Not able to work if a job is offered
  • Outside the US, US territory, or Canada for more than 48 hours
  • Unemployed due to a strike or labor dispute
  • Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • You cannot receive SSDI and UI benefits at the same time, however, you can receive Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits and UI benefits.

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Wisconsin Unemployment Office Locations

Adams County Unemployment Office401 North Main Street
Adams, WI 53910
Ashland Unemployment Office422 Third Street West
Suite 200
Ashland, WI 54806
Polk County Unemployment Office317 A Main Street
PO Box 278
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Sauk County Unemployment Office505 Broadway Street
Room 232
Baraboo, WI 53913
Chippewa County Unemployment Office2829 County Hwy I
Suite 2A
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Pepin County Unemployment Office403 – 3rd Avenue West
Suite 200
Durand, WI 54736
Eau Claire County Unemployment Office221 West Madison St
Suite 140-A
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Walworth County Unemployment Office400 County Road H
Gateway Technical College
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Southwest Wisconsin Unemployment Office1800 Bronson Blvd
Fennimore, WI 53809
Fond du Lac Area Job and Career Center349 North Peters Avenue
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935
Brown County Unemployment Office301 N. Adams St.
Suite 130
Green Bay, WI 54301
Hayward Unemployment Office15618 Windrose Lane
Suite 106
Hayward, WI 54843
Rock County Unemployment Office1900 Center Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
Workforce Development Center874 Collins Road
Jefferson, WI 53549
Kenosha County Unemployment Office8600 Sheridan Road
Kenosha, WI 53143
Menominee County/Tribal Unemployment OfficeNorth 172 State Hwy. 47/55
Keshena, WI 54135
Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Center2615 East Avenue South
Suite 101
La Crosse, WI 54601
Ladysmith Unemployment Office1101 Lake Avenue W # 1
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Dane County Unemployment Office1819 Aberg Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Bay East3733 Dewey Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Marinette County Unemployment Office1605 University Avenue.
Marinette,, WI 54143
Marshfield Unemployment Office211 E. Second Street
Suite 123
Marshfield, WI 54449
Medford Unemployment Office1001 Progressive Avenue
Medford, WI 54451
Fox Cities Unemployment Office1802 Appleton Road
Entrance #4
Menasha, WI 54952
Dunn County Unemployment Office401 Technology Drive East
Menomonie, WI 54751
Unemployment Office4201 North 27th Street
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53216
Milwaukee Unemployment Office4201 N. 27th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53216
Milwaukee Southeast Unemployment Office2701 S Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Milwaukee Walker`s Square Unemployment Office816 W. National Ave.
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Southeast Wisconsin Unemployment Office1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Clark County Unemployment Office501 Hewett Street
Neillsville, WI 54456
Park Falls Unemployment Office400 South 4th Avenue
City Hall
Park Falls, WI 54552
Phillips Unemployment Office1408 Pine Ridge Road
Phillips, WI 54555
Racine County Workforce Solutions1717 Taylor Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Northern Advantage Unemployment Office51 A North Brown Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Barron County Unemployment Office331 South Main St
Rice Lake, WI 54868
St. Croix Valley Unemployment Office704-B North Main Street
River Falls, WI 54022
Shawano County Unemployment Office607 East Elizabeth Street
Shawano, WI 54166
Sheboygan County Unemployment Office3620 Wilgus Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Spooner Unemployment Office522 Service Road
Spooner, WI 54801
Door County Unemployment Office1300 Egg Harbor Road
Suite 124
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Superior Unemployment Office1805 North 14th Street
Suite 1
Superior, WI 54880
Waukesha Comprehensive Center327 E Broadway
Waukesha, WI 53186
Marathon County Unemployment Office731 North 1st Street
Suite 4000
Wausau, WI 54403
Washington County Workforce Development Center2200 Green Tree Road
West Bend, WI 53090
Wisconsin Rapids Unemployment Office320 W Grand Ave
Suite 102
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

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