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As the state Department of Workforce Development struggles to handle a surge of unemployment claims during the pandemic, many out-of-work Wisconsinites are growing increasingly desperate — finding themselves forced to make impossible choices — as they wait for their benefits to arrive, Laura Schulte reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“More than 500,000 claims for unemployment have yet to be processed — a number that doesn’t include people who haven’t even been able to file a claim, either because of struggles connecting with the DWD or navigating the online application system,” Schulte reports.
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Here is a look at Wisconsin’s dramatic surge in unemployment insurance claims during the pandemic — last week’s claims compared to those during the same week in 2019, according to state Department of Workforce Development figures. Claims totals now range 194% higher than the average number of weekly claims received during the first year of the Great Recession, the department said Thursday. But thousands of other jobless people are struggling to get into the system.
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