Saturday, July 24, 2010

State Rushes to Issue Unemployment Checks

Now that Congress and President Obama have acted and approved of extending employment benefits for unemployed workers across the nation, Wisconsin is working vigorously to issue retroactive benefit checks to the more than 200,000 claimants across the State who are eligible for up to 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
The state will now pay retroactive benefits to those workers who haven't been receiving checks since June 2, Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman said. She said qualifying workers who have been continuing to file for their benefits each week since June 2 won't need to do anything else to receive the retroactive benefit checks. But they will need to keep filing to receive future benefits.

To catch up on sending out the checks, the state will close its unemployment insurance call centers on Saturday and on July 31 but those seeking benefits can still file for them online. For more information, workers can call (800) 494-4944 or go to http://www.ucclaim-wi.org/.

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