Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in January from 4% in December, nearly reaching levels not seen since before the coronavirus pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday.
Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday signed into law a bipartisan bill to begin the work of updating the state's unemployment claims processing system that contributed to many people waiting weeks or months to get paid during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill designed to jump-start updates to the state's antiquated unemployment-claims system that led to many people waiting weeks or months to get paid during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wisconsin Senate passed a bipartisan bill Thursday designed to begin updating the state's antiquated unemployment insurance system that Gov. Tony Evers has blamed for causing delays in the processing of claims filed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday dramatically reshaped Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to upgrade the state's antiquated unemployment claim technology, eliminating guaranteed funding for the project and absolving businesses and schools of liability for COVID-19 infections.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development issued an emergency rule on Thursday that continues to waive a rule requiring that unemployed people apply for jobs while they are receiving public assistance.
America's employers barely added jobs last month, underscoring the viral pandemic's ongoing grip on the economy and likely adding momentum to the Biden administration's push for a bold rescue aid package.
Republican legislative leaders convened a special session Tuesday to fix the state's unemployment system in the face of a massive backlog of pandemic-related claims but ended it seconds after it began without taking any substantive action.