The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says the way to avoid another crisis in the state’s unemployment system is modernization. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites have experienced problems with the aging system, resulting in months of delays. Staff members at the D-W-D use a mainframe computer that is 50 years old and was designed using coding language that is more than 60 years old. An entire system overhaul would cost the state up to 90-million dollars. The modernization process would take three-to-five years to complete.

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