This should be employees' first stop when considering unemployment assistance or job searching. It is recommended to start the process early.
Due to the "Safer at Home" order, all job center buildings are closed to the public. The phone lines and websites are still open. Please see the Department of Workforce Developments' response for additional details.
Job center staff are unable to answer questions about specific unemployment benefits claims. Folks are encouraged to visit the unemployment website, or call the toll free number 844) 910-3661 (wait times may be long).
Phone numbers for local areas:
South Central: (608) 242-4881
Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, and Sauk
North Central: (715) 261-8700
Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, and Wood
Southwest: (608) 901- 5700
Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Rock
The Department of Workforce Development has set up an information page regarding COVID-19 related layoffs and Unemployment Benefits.
This site also offers an overview of information and resources regarding COVID-19 as does the site mentioned prior and also has assosciated guides regarding other financial questions.
Our library system's Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning Consultant has complied a list of helpful sites with regards to the current situation and for general job seekers.
Gonernor's Emergency Efforts (with regards to employment or businesses)
- Gov. Evers Waives Work Search and Modifies Availability Requirements for Unemployment Benefits — March 18, 2020
- Gov. Evers Submits Request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Wisconsin Businesses — March 18, 2020
Page Updated: 3/27/2020