Rachael Vasquez

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Business Down for Many Manufacturers

Business Down for Many Manufacturers

47% in state say business is down, 40% say its gone up.

Work Search Waiver for Unemployment Continues

Work Search Waiver for Unemployment Continues

DWD still not requiring work search for unemployment insurance claims.

Harley Revenue Down 24% in 2020

Harley Revenue Down 24% in 2020

Four straight quarters of losses. Company releases plan to revamp sales.

State Call Center Confuses Unemployed

State Call Center Confuses Unemployed

Jobless people say DWD call center gives incorrect, contradictory information.

DWD Wants A Modernized Unemployment System

DWD Wants A Modernized Unemployment System

Secretary was in "complete shock" the first time she saw the antiquated systems.

When Will Unemployment Benefits Arrive?

When Will Unemployment Benefits Arrive?

Federal pandemic package includes 11 weeks of aid, but when will state DWD process them?

Wisconsin Unemployment Grew in December

Wisconsin Unemployment Grew in December

Unemployment rate has fluctuated since September.

State Residents’ Income Seesaws

State Residents’ Income Seesaws

Average income rose 36% in second quarter, dropped 15% in third quarter of 2020.

State Starts $300 Unemployment Supplements

State Starts $300 Unemployment Supplements

Unemployment insurance recipients are eligible for an additional $300 a week.

State Unemployment System ‘Very Broken’

State Unemployment System ‘Very Broken’

Citizens decry delays. DWD officials say outdated computer system causes massive problems.

Johnson Has Shouting Match With Reporter

Johnson Has Shouting Match With Reporter

Senator defends his call for investigating 2020 election in heated interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.

Many Companies Face Worker Shortage

Many Companies Face Worker Shortage

Cities like Milwaukee have simultaneous problem of unemployment and unfilled jobs.

Extended Unemployment Payments Begin This Week

Extended Unemployment Payments Begin This Week

Extended Benefits payments going to those that exhausted all other forms of unemployment assistance.

State Official Promises End to Unemployment Insurance Backlog

State Official Promises End to Unemployment Insurance Backlog

Department of Workforce Development’s new director hopes to end backlog by late December.

Will Unemployment Backlog Be Cleared By End Of Year?

Will Unemployment Backlog Be Cleared By End Of Year?

70,000 people in Wisconsin are still waiting for their unemployment to come through.

Extended Unemployment Benefits Ends in Wisconsin

Extended Unemployment Benefits Ends in Wisconsin

U.S. Department of Labor has "turned off" the program in the state.

Wisconsin Reacts To Biden Victory

Wisconsin Reacts To Biden Victory

Gov. Evers says "we're returning kindness, respect, and compassion back to the White House."

Federal Unemployment Boost Being Paid Out

Federal Unemployment Boost Being Paid Out

$300 weekly supplement could provide $224 million to state residents.

September Home Sales Up 18% in State

September Home Sales Up 18% in State

And average prices up 18% too, compared to same month last year.

Evers’ Order Punishes Small Business, Says WMC

Evers’ Order Punishes Small Business, Says WMC

But Milwaukee will enforce its own capacity restrictions, with many bars and restaurants at 50%

Construction Pay Dropped After Prevailing Wage Law Repealed

Construction Pay Dropped After Prevailing Wage Law Repealed

Study finds worker wages are lower, but total public project costs are not.

Wisconsin Economy Shrinks at Unprecedented Rate

Wisconsin Economy Shrinks at Unprecedented Rate

State sees biggest quarterly drop in recorded history.

$300 Unemployment Boost Excludes Thousands

$300 Unemployment Boost Excludes Thousands

A requirement for the program will bypass thousands of Wisconsinites.

Unemployment Protest Outside Sen. Ron Johnson’s Office

Unemployment Protest Outside Sen. Ron Johnson’s Office

Unemployed workers demand congress reinstate $600 weekly assistance.

Wisconsin Getting $300 Weekly Unemployment Boost

Wisconsin Getting $300 Weekly Unemployment Boost

FEMA approved the state Tuesday, but funds could take four to five weeks to reach people.

New Unemployment Aid Will Take 6 Weeks

New Unemployment Aid Will Take 6 Weeks

State DWD Secretary predicts 6-8 week wait till recipients get $300 supplement.

Evers Applies for Federal Unemployment Supplement

Evers Applies for Federal Unemployment Supplement

Program provides an additional weekly $300 to unemployment insurance.

Milwaukee Marchers Shot At in Pennsylvania

Milwaukee Marchers Shot At in Pennsylvania

Black Lives Matter protesters led by Frank Nitty threatened, Pennsylvania police investigating.

Unemployed Struggle Without Federal Aid

Unemployed Struggle Without Federal Aid

In week 5 without $600 federal supplement unemployed workers call on Evers, Congress to find solution.

COVID-19 Effect on Economy is Widespread, Complex

COVID-19 Effect on Economy is Widespread, Complex

The best way to begin the recovery, is to suppress the virus, WEDC Director says.

Union Workers Join Protest of Systemic Racism

Union Workers Join Protest of Systemic Racism

Three events Monday in Milwaukee, Madison organized by coalition of unions and racial justice groups.

Survey Finds Pandemic Hurt State Businesses

Survey Finds Pandemic Hurt State Businesses

39% said it had "somewhat negative” effect, 36% a "very negative” effect on business.

Harley-Davidson Laying Off 500 Workers

Harley-Davidson Laying Off 500 Workers

700 positions will go unfilled and be eliminated from the company globally.

State Economy Shrunk 5% in 2020’s 1st Quarter

State Economy Shrunk 5% in 2020’s 1st Quarter

In line with nation, not as bad as other Great Lakes states from January through March.

Outdoor Dining Expanding Across State

Outdoor Dining Expanding Across State

Restaurants in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau look for safer ways to attract and serve customers.

Congress Extends Small Business Loan Program

Congress Extends Small Business Loan Program

Program has been a lifeline for small business owners. But will the President sign it?

Madison Protester Faces Heavy Charges

Madison Protester Faces Heavy Charges

Two federal counts of extortion, up to 40 years in prison.