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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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‘It doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight to this’: Pandemic drags on as $600 unemployment lifeline nears expiration

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Amy Moreland, a bartender in Madison who has been out of work since mid-March, immediately applied for state unemployment insurance after losing her job and eventually started receiving an extra $600 per week from the federal CARES Act stimulus package — atop her $114 a week in state aid.

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Audit: Too much, not enough sent to Wisconsin unemployed

An unknown number of unemployed people in Wisconsin received too much, or not enough, in benefits from the state Department of Workforce in late April as it worked to process additional money in federal aid to help those suddenly out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic, an audit released Wednesday found.

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