Wisconsin offers supplemental unemployment benefits

MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — Wisconsin residents can now apply for 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits using money from the federal coronavirus relief bill.

The state Department of Workforce Development announced Wednesday that Wisconsin residents who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits can now apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation under the bill.

People who collect the pandemic unemployment compensation are also eligible for an additional $600 per week of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

PEUC Benefits:

  • Payment amount is equivalent to the individual's regular UI benefit amount.
  • Duration is up to 13 weeks.
  • The first payable week is retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020 or the first week after an individual has exhausted his or her regular UI, whichever is later.
  • The last payable week will be the week ending December 26, 2020.


  • You have exhausted your regular UI, then you will need to file a PEUC initial claim.
  • You will see a link on the dashboard to file a PEUC initial claim after you log into your claimant portal. If you do not see a link in your claimant portal, then it is not yet time for you to apply for PEUC.


  • You have a pending unemployment application OR
  • You are still receiving your regular UI benefits.

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