Also this week, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said he has concerns with reinstating the state's one-week waiting period waiver, which could cut the state off from an estimated $2.6 million in weekly federal dollars.
Last week, after almost a year of delays, the Legislature took a small step in fixing our state’s outdated unemployment compensation system.
The legislation allows the state Department of Workforce Development to begin seeking bids from companies for updates to the unemployment insurance system, which has been estimated to cost at least $80 million.
The bill allows DWD to begin seeking firms to update the unemployment system, which has been estimated to cost at least $80 million.
With the one-week waiting period in place the state looks to miss out on more than $1 million in federal reimbursement funding for each week — for a total of $6.5 million over five weeks.
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Evers' proposal would appropriate more than $5.3 million to allow the state Department of Workforce Development to begin modernizing the unemployment system immediately, rather than wait for spending approval in the upcoming 2021-23 budget session.
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By updating the application process, DWD officials hope to reduce erroneous answers that could place claims in the adjudication process and delay payments.
While the upcoming budget is sure to include tough spending decisions, Evers said he sees 2021 as an opportunity to act on priorities he pursued before: roads, health care, education and criminal justice.
DWD reported that almost 94.5% of the more than 8.5 million weekly unemployment claims filed since March 15 had been processed. Nearly 51,000 claimants were considered to be part of the adjudication backlog.
DWD's partnership with Google Cloud — announced in October — will help remove 103,000 holds on backlogged claims.
Frostman said "building an accessible, responsive and robust unemployment insurance program is a top priority for the department."
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The department said it canceled nearly all of the overpayments, about $19.6 million out of $21.2 million, before the money was received by recipients.
DWD has boosted staffing and expanded help center hours, but despite the progress, the department has come under fire, largely from Republicans, over delays in processing Wisconsinites' unemployment claims.
Wisconsin residents can now apply for 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits funded by the federal COVID-19 coronavirus relief bill, the state Department of Workforce Development announced Wednesday.
All told, Wisconsin added just shy of 75,000 total non-farm jobs and another 72,100 private sector jobs from April to May of this year, DWD reports.
More than 650,000 unemployment claims are still unfulfilled. Republicans have blamed Democratic leadership for the problems. Democrats have in turn blamed past Republican money-saving decisions that left the Department of Workforce Development's infrastructure unprepared to handle the current surge.
In April 2019, the state had recorded its lowest unemployment rate ever at 2.8%, and it was 3.1% in March.
Antiquated computer system, staffing woes, hamper payments.
The state says more than 1.18 million weekly claims (from approximately 467,000 different people) have been filed since the COVID-19 public health emergency was declared, and more than 438,000 of those weekly claims are still unpaid.
The state Department of Workforce Development first began accepting applications late Tuesday morning for “pandemic unemployment assistance,” receiving 17,740 requests on that day alone.
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