Long Term Unemployed Will Get Less Help
- With the state economy on the mend, those who have not been able to find work will be getting less help.
Wisconsin workers who have been unemployed for more than a year will lose nine weeks of benefits.
The federal government has notified the state that its lower unemployment rate means an end to federal emergency unemployment insurance.
It extended benefits from 54 weeks to 63 weeks.
An estimated 10,500 workers unemployed for more than a year will start losing benefits the week of February 9th.
An unemployment rate below 7 percent means an end to the federal subsidy.
The U.S. Department of Labor has calculated the state's three-month average unemployment rate at 6.7 percent.
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