State Officials Address Backlog of Unemployment Claims


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Department of Workforce Development officials say they’ve assigned the last few thousand undecided unemployment claims to adjudicators. The department said Thursday that all remaining claims with eligibility problems over 21 days old have now been assigned to adjudicators, who will work to resolve the eligibility problems. The department did not say how many claims adjudicators will have to deal with but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported they number about 5,000. DWD has been dealing with a massive claims backlog since the coronavirus pandemic began. Republicans have heaped criticism on Gov. Tony Evers for failing to resolve the problem.