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State behind on unemployment compensation appeals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin falls far behind the federal standard for promptly handling unemployment compensation appeals.

The state Department of Workforce Development completed 9.6 percent of its cases within 30 days of the filing date. The U.S. Department of Labor standard is 60 percent.

Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said the state is dealing with a record number of unemployment compensation claims and is working hard to shorten wait times on appeals.

Wisconsin certainly is not alone in its efforts to catch up on appeal claims. The Journal Sentinel reports 39 other states did not meet the federal standard in March.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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