Wisconsin announces end of extended unemployment benefits

Wisconsin will no longer offer extended benefits to Wisconsinites who have exhausted their normal and pandemic unemployment after Saturday. . 

The Department of Workforce Development announced the end of the program Thursday afternoon, after the state’s 13-week insured unemployment rate dropped below 5%, according to a release. The state is currently at 4.87%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Typically, Wisconsinites can get up to 26 weeks of unemployment during one year, which begins on the date the person applies for the program. After 26 weeks, Wisconsinites can apply for another 13 weeks for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Extended benefits offered an additional 13 weeks of unemployment after PEUC, to help out those unemployed longer than 39 weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The state has not yet begun paying out benefits, citing the programming of its system, which is supposed to be completed in December, according to the department’s website. Those who qualified for the program between May 23, when it went into effect, and Nov. 7, will still receive their payments when the system is programmed, the release said. 

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Laura Schulte can be reached at leschulte@gannett.com and twitter.com/SchulteLaura.