Wisconsin Unemployment: Wisconsin's unemployed left hanging by ...

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Laid off by their employer, and at times left hanging by the state. Problems with the state's unemployment benefits continue to come in. Full Story
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Kathie Dowe

Sun Prairie, WI

#1 Jan 12, 2010
Both my Brother in law and Husband have not seen a check in weeks.
This is due to a work search mistake by unemployment. Unfortunately nobody has been able to get thru to clear up their mistake. We are wondering how many other people have been affected by this work search fiasco!
Diane

Waukesha, WI

#2 Jan 12, 2010
I know those words to well " I get put into the system, the voice would come in and say, due to the amount of calls we're receiving right now, we are ending this call right now and hang up."
I just got layed off on Dec 2nd Applied for unemployment about Dec 4th and I have not yet recieved a answer as to yet if I am going to recieve checks or not. All I got in the mail are SOME confirmation letters and a letter stating how much I will get if I get it. It has been over a month now and I do not know where the hang up is.
Michelle

Beaver Dam, WI

#3 Jan 12, 2010
I think the think that makes me angry is that I received a letter in Nov. of 09 that said my benifits had been extended, but then it just stops! They leave you hanging with no warning... You try to stay ahead and now I'm looking at week 2 with no pay and my bills can't be pushed out any further. Just when we get our finances back on track "they" push off!
Rae

United States

#4 Jan 12, 2010
I have the same problem. Made a mistake in September and I finally got back paid on December 23rd. Got one check after that, now another extension. Now I am not getting checks again. No mistake just the work search that is suppose to be on their website, but not there and I have to mail it in snail mail. Doing all the right stuff just now getting paid and I have bills to pay.
Amanda C

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Jan 12, 2010
I applied for unemployment in September and have yet to see a check. I talked to someone at the unemployment office a week after Thanksgiving and they said that my check should be processed in the following three weeks. I havent seen anything yet and have been trying to call them for over two weeks. I even have the number memorized...its really pathetic and very fustrating.
Diane

Waukesha, WI

#6 Jan 12, 2010
Amanda C wrote:
I applied for unemployment in September and have yet to see a check. I talked to someone at the unemployment office a week after Thanksgiving and they said that my check should be processed in the following three weeks. I havent seen anything yet and have been trying to call them for over two weeks. I even have the number memorized...its really pathetic and very fustrating.
Did you get a answer back from unemployment stating that you will get it?
Michelle

Beaver Dam, WI

#7 Jan 13, 2010
That is what I was told... It should be processed in the following three weeks. Checked this morning and NOTHING. I'm going on 2 weeks now with no pay.
Terri

Brookfield, WI

#8 Jan 13, 2010
I had issues during the week of 11/27 due to the fact that I was substitute teaching to help supplement my unemployment. Since substitutes can't work during the holiday, they have to offset my unemployment. They told me I should have my check by 12/30. I have not received any checks yet (almost 2 months)! Subbing doesn't cover expenses and it is SO frustrating. Oh - and calling - forget it - busy signal
sks

Watertown, WI

#9 Jan 13, 2010
I think they need to hire some more operators. Take some of that stimulas money and get people jobs to fix the issue. How fustrating it is for a lot of people who depend on that money coming in.

Something needs to be done. grrrrrrrr
Sandy

Manitowoc, WI

#10 Jan 13, 2010
Im a out of work mom and have been homeless for 2 months and when i call both the milwaukee number and madison number weekly to file my claims i can never get through until the following day sometime, and have not received any benefits and have to keep appealing the decisions being made. If u are fired or laid off and cant find any work u should get unemployment immediately and i m very pissed and rustrated in milwaukee with two boys to care for. So whats really going on here?
Amanda C

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Jan 13, 2010
Diane wrote:
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Did you get a answer back from unemployment stating that you will get it?
Yes I received my letter back in the beginning of November. I tried to call again this morning the minute that they opened. I got through the busy signal at 701am and I was immediately told that there was the maximum people on hold and my call was disconnected. How the heck can there be really anyone on hold if they had only been open one minute??? Is there even anyone answering calls anymore? Maybe they are just pulling one over on us?!?
MIKE

Ironwood, MI

#12 Jan 14, 2010
I know how frustrating this can be. I have been receiving the extension, and now all of sudden, the checks stopped and said my claim is pending. Tried calling 100's of times yesterday and not able to get thru. Called right away at 7:00 this morning, only to be told the same thing as you, "Too many people on hold", so they are disconnecting me and hang up. How can that be. I think they do not have anyone answering the phones. How can you get thru to ask the problems?
If they are experiencing problems,they should have something posted on the website, so people are aware of the situation.
Michelle

Beaver Dam, WI

#13 Jan 14, 2010
Mike, I was receiving an extention also when my benifits stopped. How are we supposed to pay bills. There has to be something that can be done to MAKE them deal with the problems at hand and provide ANSWER that we DESERVE!
Erik F

Greendale, WI

#14 Jan 14, 2010
I went to do my work searches online on January 2nd and it didn't pull up. Now they have held my last 2 checks even though I could enter my work searches for January 9th.

And when I call I can't get through it just says "We have to many people on hold and are ending this call now."

I'm sooo screwed. My bank account is now negative and my girl just lost her job as well. I don't know what I'm going to do.

My question is there an OFFICE we can go to?
Deanna

Oak Creek, WI

#15 Jan 14, 2010
Well, I finally got through (exciting) except.... The automated asked for my SSN and PIN..after provided, it told me that "there are no claims to be claimed for last week, it has already been received, continue to file weekly claims. Thank you, GOODBYE" click. I HAVE A QUESTION! Why is my claim pending? Where is my benefit? Will I ever receive another check? What is wrong with this phone system? FIX IT!!
Deanna

Oak Creek, WI

#16 Jan 14, 2010
First comment didnt post. I was responding to Mike's comment.. I too, have been recieving the extentions and with "no warning" my funds were not in my account and received a letter the same day saying my claim is "pending". No reason, just says to contact a claims specialist. I too, have been trying to get through ALL THREE contact lines and either its busy or you get booted out. As you can see i just had a close attempt, but that too told me nothing and "GOODBYE'D" me out of the system. I have lost everything in this recession, my job, my apt, my car, all savings and assets are liquidated. I have payment arrangements set for all past and exsisting bills and this "no warning" "no pay" with "no answers" is causing a huge snowball effect of additional late fees, negative account balances, in short, financial disaster. "WE" need answers! Hey, State of Wisconsin..I need a job! I'll answer the phones! Are you hiring? You obviously need help!!
Chris

Darien, WI

#17 Jan 14, 2010
I got my weekly check this week and it short by over $200. I'm still running the normal coarse without having yet any extensions. Online it tells me I still have benifits remaining. With 2x phones I dialed both all day to find out something and couldn't get threw to anyone. There is no explanation as to why I was sorted with the check. This has me really bothered. What the hell is going on?
Johnny

Madison, IN

#18 Jan 14, 2010
I hear you people! 10 weeks and no check yet! All i get is 2-3 weeks it should be done, well 2 weeks up Monday! Grassman needs to resign or be more thorough with her job. Spell it out for people on the site.Terrible communication problems here with unemployment division. I think UIC is doing it on purpose to collect interest on the money the Feds gave them.
Jeff

Millington, MI

#19 Jan 15, 2010
This is the same thing thats happening to me, so I called my State Senator.
Chris

Darien, WI

#20 Jan 15, 2010
This is ridiculous! How the hell do you get a hold of anyone for information regarding your claim? Yesterday afternoon I couldn't get threw at all. Starting at 07:00 this morning I get threw 50% of the time, follow the automated message system and it hangs up on me. WTF? I've only been trying to reach them for a few hours total for answers and I'm pissed. One can only imagine how the rest of you feel.

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