Claiming Benefits for Unemployment in Wisconsin
- How to claim unemployment benefits in Wisconsin
- Maintaining your unemployment benefits claim in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin federal unemployment benefits and federal income taxes
How to Claim Unemployment Benefits in Wisconsin
- If the last digit of your SSN is 0-2, call on Monday.
- If the last digit of your SSN is 3-6, call on Tuesday.
- If the last digit of your SSN is 7-9, call on Wednesday.
- Any claimant can call on Thursday and Friday (there may be longer wait times on these days).
Note that your unemployment benefits claim will begin on the week of your first call.
Maintaining Your Unemployment Benefits Claim in Wisconsin
- Register with the WI Job Service.
- Perform job-seeking activities and report them to the WI DWD.
- Be mentally and physically able to work.
- Do not reject a job offer unless the salary is significantly lower than that of your last job.
- Report any income during your weeks of unemployment.
- Fill out weekly claim certifications with the DWD.
- Be prepared to start work immediately and make suitable arrangements for transportation or child care.