Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Home / Government / Legislature plans to pass unemployment extension (UPDATE)

Legislature plans to pass unemployment extension (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature plans to pass a bill next week that will make federal unemployment benefits available for an additional 13 weeks.

The bill was approved by two legislative committees following a joint public hearing Monday in advance of the Legislature taking it up on July 19.

The extended federal unemployment benefits are designed to serve as a last-ditch safety net for an unemployed person who has exhausted all other state and federal benefits. They’re available after a person has received unemployment for about a year and a half.

Up to 11,000 people were eligible for the $363 a week in benefits when they ended in April.

Once approved by the Legislature, the extended benefits would apply retroactively from their end date in April.

Get more on the jobs picture

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *