The 40-year-old single mother shares a $900 per-month apartment with her 10-year-old son Niko. She lost her job due to the pandemic, and was denied an unemployment insurance claim because she also receives federal disability benefits.
A 2013 Wisconsin law prevents laid-off workers on federal disability from getting state unemployment. Now the state is denying them federal pandemic aid too.
Job-seeking veterans work to overcome the disadvantages posed by the stigma of disability — whether or not they are disabled.
A number of organizations, including Wisconsin Employment Resource Connection, Dryhootch and Disabled American Veterans, provide job assistance and support for Wisconsin’s veterans.
Times are tough in Rock County since General Motors closed the Janesville Assembly Plant.
After two years of unemployment, Rich Johnson has skidded into scary territory. The 55-year-old is among many in Rock County who’ve endured six months or more of unemployment. They are part of a grim statistic that casts a long shadow over the recovering economy.
Experts say Wisconsin’s high suicide rate, relative to those of neighboring states, could be linked to a high rate of binge drinking, easy access to firearms and lack of available mental health care, especially in rural areas.