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Unemployment Insurance: Wisconsin

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Alan M. Levy, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • Unemployment insurance is a national program based on federal law and administered through state law. See Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment insurance provides partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active job search. See Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last up to 26 weeks. Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Qualifications to Receive Benefits; Benefit Amounts.
  • Wisconsin offers the Work-Share Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Work-Share Program.