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If you’ve been laid off after working in Wisconsin, you may be eligible to receive Wisconsin unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment claims in Wisconsin are handled by the Unemployment Insurance Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

In order to be eligible to collect unemployment in the state of Wisconsin, you must:

  •  Not have been fired for cause
  •  File a Weekly Claim Certification
  •  Be actively seeking employment

As of July 2009, Wisconsin has amended its law pertaining to unemployment to allow workers to claim benefits in some circumstances if they resigned to care for a family member because of illness, or if they eft their job because of domestic violence.

Before you file for Wisconsin unemployment, assemble the information that you’ll need, such as:

  •  Social Security number
  •  Names of all former employers over the past 18 months
  •  Dates worked for each employer
  • Salary for each job
  •  Registration number for each employer (this information can be found on your W-2)

Filing can be done by two ways:

  1. Online
  2. Via telephone, by calling 1-800-822-5246

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