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Committee to consider continuing waivers for UI work-search requirements

Lawmakers this week will consider extending a series of pandemic-related rules intended to freeze employers' unemployment-insurance payments, waive job-search requirements for people receiving unemployment benefits and curtail the need for in-person fire and electrical inspections.

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Less than 1% of calls to state unemployment call centers were answered, audit shows

Caleb Frostman, Wisconsin secretary of Workforce Development, stands at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Jan. 7, 2019.  Frostman has been working to ensure people who receive Social Security disability benefits can also get unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. (Emily Hamer / Wisconsin Watch)

Fewer than 1% of calls from Wisconsin residents who lost their jobs during the pandemic were answered by state officials overseeing unemployment benefits, and the Evers administration did not report important information to lawmakers showing the full scope of the problem, a new state audit shows.

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