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Gov. Evers, DWD Launch “Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce” Initiative
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Gov. Evers, DWD Launch “Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce” Initiative

Following governor’s State of the State address, Evers Administration continues workforce development push with series of regional forums to highlight workforce resources, opportunities, and local success stories.

After 4 Years, 180 Appointees by Gov. Evers Haven’t Been Confirmed

After 4 Years, 180 Appointees by Gov. Evers Haven’t Been Confirmed

Republican Senate leaves them in limbo. 'Tell me what I need to do,' Ever says.

2022 Roundup: Gov. Evers Completes 2022 72-County Tour of Wisconsin
Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council Holds Public Hearing
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Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council Holds Public Hearing

Written Comments Accepted Through Jan. 16, 2023

Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council Hosting Public Hearing Dec. 15
BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 58,800 Nonfarm, 54,600 Private Sector Jobs Over the Year
Hope House of Milwaukee Receives Exemplary Award for Diverse and Inclusive Hiring Practices
Public Comment Period Open on Suggestions for UI Changes
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Public Comment Period Open on Suggestions for UI Changes

Attend Public hearing Nov. 17, 2022, or submit written comments Nov. 9-18, 2022

Gov. Evers, DWD Announce $15 Million Grant to Boost Access to Childcare, Early Childhood Education for Working Families
State’s Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

State’s Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

From 3.1% to 3.2%, still near a historic low, as state added 14,400 more private sector jobs last month.

Wisconsin Job Gains Continue with Growth in Leisure and Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Construction
Gov. Evers, DWD Announce Wisconsin Reaches Milestone for Registered Apprentices
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Gov. Evers, DWD Announce Wisconsin Reaches Milestone for Registered Apprentices

Registered apprenticeship program reaches highest participation since 2001

BLS Data: Wisconsin Job Gains Continue; August Unemployment Rate at 3.1%
Gov. Evers’ Workforce Innovation Program Helping Bolster Wisconsin’s Education Workforce
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Gov. Evers’ Workforce Innovation Program Helping Bolster Wisconsin’s Education Workforce

GROW school districts using governor’s investment to recruit teachers in high-need areas

Transforming Wisconsin’s workforce
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Transforming Wisconsin’s workforce

Historic investment in state’s workforce begins to pay off

DWD Offers Online Resource for Public Access to Equal Rights Data
Gov. Evers, DWD Announce Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment Grants to Serve More Than 1,400 Students
Gov. Evers, DWD Announce Youth Apprenticeship Offerings, 14 New Occupational Pathways for Students
Wisconsin DWD Participating in NASWA’s Integrity Data Hub to Detect and Prevent Fraud
BLS Data: Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.9 Percent; 45,100 Total Nonfarm Jobs Added Over the Year
Wisconsin Insurance Premiums for Worker’s Compensation Decline
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Wisconsin Insurance Premiums for Worker’s Compensation Decline

Insurance Rates Covering On-the-Job Injuries Drop for Seventh Year in a Row

DWD Continues Customer Service Enhancements
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DWD Continues Customer Service Enhancements

Project follows many other accomplishments designed to increase accessibility and use of plain language

Gov. Evers Announces $19.5 Million to Support Long-Term Solutions to State’s Workforce Challenges in 22 Counties through Workforce Innovation Grant Program
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Gov. Evers Announces $19.5 Million to Support Long-Term Solutions to State’s Workforce Challenges in 22 Counties through Workforce Innovation Grant Program

Announcement builds on governor’s initial nearly $60 million Workforce Innovation Grant investment, projects announced prioritize forestry, manufacturing workforce development, and workforce housing

DWD Receives $3 Million Unemployment Insurance Navigator Grant
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DWD Receives $3 Million Unemployment Insurance Navigator Grant

DWD to partner with United Migrant Opportunity Services on statewide initiative

BLS Data: Wisconsin Sets Record for Total Number of People Employed
DWD, Milwaukee County Zoo Celebrate Graduation of 12 Local Project SEARCH Interns
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DWD, Milwaukee County Zoo Celebrate Graduation of 12 Local Project SEARCH Interns

Project SEARCH program prepares young adults with disabilities for rewarding careers

Gov. Evers Announces More Than $1 Million for Summer Youth Programming and Job Training in Milwaukee
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Gov. Evers Announces More Than $1 Million for Summer Youth Programming and Job Training in Milwaukee

Federal funds to support collaborative effort with Employ Milwaukee, city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Library, and Milwaukee Public Schools aimed at engaging youth and enhancing safety

DWD Releases 2022 Nurses Survey; Projects Increased Demand Through 2040
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DWD Releases 2022 Nurses Survey; Projects Increased Demand Through 2040

Latest in yearly reports since 2010 uses three models to project results

DWD Announces $700,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward Worker Training Grants
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DWD Announces $700,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward Worker Training Grants

Latest WFF awards benefit seven employers and estimated 383 current employees and job seekers

BLS Data: Wisconsin’s Unemployment Rate in April Ties Record Low 2.8%
DWD’s Unemployment Insurance Division Releases New Data Dashboard
State Cites Progress Fixing Unemployment System

State Cites Progress Fixing Unemployment System

Department of Workforce Development now paying 84% of claims within three days.

Wisconsin Joins National Effort to Grow and Retain Health Care Workforce
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Wisconsin Joins National Effort to Grow and Retain Health Care Workforce

Multiple states collaborate to address worker shortages

Gov. Evers, Evers Administration Cabinet Take ‘Cabinet on the Road’ to Western Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers, Evers Administration Cabinet Take ‘Cabinet on the Road’ to Western Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers, together with members of his cabinet, hosted ‘Cabinet on the Road’ events in Osseo, Altoona, Menomonie, and Eau Claire.

DWD Announces $1 million Available for Tech Ed Equipment Grants
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DWD Announces $1 million Available for Tech Ed Equipment Grants

Grants Help Pay for High School Lab Equipment; Application Deadline May 10

Room to grow
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Room to grow

Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant to allow YMCA to expand child care and youth programming in Green County

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Million in Funding for Teacher Training and Recruitment
High school diploma opens opportunities
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High school diploma opens opportunities

Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant project aims to help residents earn a high school degree

Applications open February 22 for second round of Workforce Innovation Grants
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Applications open February 22 for second round of Workforce Innovation Grants

Up to $40.5 million in grants available to promote local and regional solutions to workforce challenges

Workforce Innovation Grant helps youth discover career path
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Workforce Innovation Grant helps youth discover career path

Collaboration between schools, employers and Boys & Girls Clubs aims to positively engage teens in the workforce

Creating a workforce to build healthier communities
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Creating a workforce to build healthier communities

With help from Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant, UW-Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic, and others hope to train new generation of health care workers, teachers

Child care workers keep economy moving
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Child care workers keep economy moving

Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant to help Madison Area Technical College train workers and assess child care needs

Homegrown entrepreneurs
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Homegrown entrepreneurs

Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant will help Kenosha create the next generation of diverse business owners

Building careers while incarcerated
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Building careers while incarcerated

Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant will bring new educational opportunities, workforce support to incarcerated individuals

Credits toward careers
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Credits toward careers

Wisconsin’s Workforce Innovation Grant will allow Sauk Prairie schools to train students for careers, help workers upskill and keep key industries moving forward

DWD Upgrade Enables Online Filing for Civil Rights Complaints
Gov. Evers: Wisconsin’s Unemployment Rate Ties All-Time Record Low
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Gov. Evers: Wisconsin’s Unemployment Rate Ties All-Time Record Low

Wisconsin's unemployment rate lowest it's been since November 2018 at 3 percent

Evers Awards $60 Million to Target Worker Shortage

Evers Awards $60 Million to Target Worker Shortage

Grants for job training, expanding health care workforce and skills training for prisoners.

Gov. Evers Announces Nearly $60 Million in Projects Aimed at Developing Long-Term Solutions to State’s Workforce Challenges
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Gov. Evers Announces Nearly $60 Million in Projects Aimed at Developing Long-Term Solutions to State’s Workforce Challenges

12 regional projects through Workforce Innovation Grants will help bolster Wisconsin workforce in counties across the state

Gov. Evers, DWD Announce $20 Million in Workforce Advancement Initiative Grants to 11 Regions in Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers, DWD Announce $20 Million in Workforce Advancement Initiative Grants to 11 Regions in Wisconsin

Grants will help reduce barriers to employment for more than 2,300 Wisconsinites to get back to work

Can State Fix Problems Underlying the Labor Shortage?

Can State Fix Problems Underlying the Labor Shortage?

Evers administration putting $130 million into addressing issues contributing to labor shortage.

Op Ed: WEDC Issuing Grants To Address State’s Labor Challenges
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WEDC Issuing Grants To Address State’s Labor Challenges

State development corporation providing grants up to $10 million for workforce development projects.

Suit Seeks To End Ban on Jobless Pay for Disabled

Suit Seeks To End Ban on Jobless Pay for Disabled

Class-action claim charges 2013 state law violates U.S. Constitution.

The State of Politics: 6 Ways to Measure State of Workers
The State of Politics

6 Ways to Measure State of Workers

The data shows some surprising improvements in Wisconsin employment picture.

State Businesses Offering Worker Incentives

State Businesses Offering Worker Incentives

Uline offers new workers year-end bonus of $8,000. Others offer increased pay, flexible work conditions.

AG Kaul Announces Over $650,000 Settlement with SEMCO, Inc.
WEDC grant helps Urban League aid startups
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WEDC grant helps Urban League aid startups

Black Business Hub Accelerator Fund will support diverse entrepreneurs

ICYMI: Gov. Evers Investing $130 Million To Help Wisconsin Workers Bounce Back From Pandemic
AG Kaul Takes Action on Open Housing Cases
Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council Announces Membership, Sets Ambitious Goals
DWD Seeks Input on Draft Request for Proposals
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DWD Seeks Input on Draft Request for Proposals

Draft will be used to contract for Unemployment Insurance System Modernization Project

Legislators Reinstate Work Search Rule

Legislators Reinstate Work Search Rule

On party line vote Republicans add work search requirement for those getting unemployment benefits.

DWD Announces First Recipients of New Workforce Equity Grants
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DWD Announces First Recipients of New Workforce Equity Grants

Grants are funded through a donation from the IKEA U.S. Community Foundation

Eligibility Expanded for Federal Unemployment Assistance

Eligibility Expanded for Federal Unemployment Assistance

Biden administration releases new guidelines making previously denied applicants eligible for up to 79 weeks of unemployment.

Legislators Resist Plans to Help Workers

Legislators Resist Plans to Help Workers

GOP sniping at Evers plans for workforce training, minimum wage hike, funding to fix UI system.

DWD releases 2021 Unemployment Insurance Fraud Report
State Unemployment Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels

State Unemployment Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels

The state's unemployment rate in January was 3.8%.

BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 11,100 Total Non-Farm Jobs in January; Unemployment Rate Declined to 3.8 Percent
Work-Share Program Surges During Pandemic

Work-Share Program Surges During Pandemic

Struggling businesses can keep employees on part time and lost wages recouped through state unemployment system.

New Hurdle for Those Seeking Unemployment Aid

New Hurdle for Those Seeking Unemployment Aid

Federal bill signed in December has unexpected requirements, state DWD official says.

Legislators Advance Unemployment Fix, COVID-19 Deal

Legislators Advance Unemployment Fix, COVID-19 Deal

But Republicans won’t pay for new computer system Evers says is needed.

AG Kaul, DWD Announce Lawsuit Against SEMCO, Inc. for Unpaid Wages, Benefits Totaling $682,864.90
Evers Names 30 Equity Council Members

Evers Names 30 Equity Council Members

Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion appointees include leaders from nonprofits, tribes, churches, community groups.

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.

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.

DWD Secretary-designee Signs Work-Share Program Waiver
State Clears Unemployment Claims Backlog

State Clears Unemployment Claims Backlog

Evers promotes Amy Pechacek to secretary designee of Department of Workforce Development.

Gov. Evers Appoints Amy Pechacek as Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
DWD Clears Wisconsin Unemployment Claims Backlog
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DWD Clears Wisconsin Unemployment Claims Backlog

Remaining claims within timely adjudication resolution period, UI claims older than 21 days resolved or assigned

DWD Seeks Public Input on Initial and Weekly UI Applications
Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Massive delays in claims, duplicate payments and an unreliable call center among issues found in report.

DWD Releases Information on Unemployment Data
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.

Thousands Still Await Jobless Aid

Thousands Still Await Jobless Aid

Some 93,000 applications for pandemic aid have yet to be processed or adjudicated by state.

Milwaukee Unemployment Higher than National Average

Milwaukee Unemployment Higher than National Average

County slightly higher, but city well above national average.

Evers Fires Workforce Development Secretary

Evers Fires Workforce Development Secretary

Sec. Caleb Frostman asked to resign over unemployment system delays.

Gov. Evers Asks for Resignation of Workforce Development Secretary
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Gov. Evers Asks for Resignation of Workforce Development Secretary

Resignation effective immediately, DOC Deputy Secretary Pechacek to lead transition

Court Watch: County, Insurer Fight Over $6.7 Million Claim
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County, Insurer Fight Over $6.7 Million Claim

$6.7 million awarded to sexually assaulted county jail inmate, will insurance cover it?