The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says it has more than tripled its staff while trying to deal with record numbers of unemployment applications.
When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the state agency had about 500 workers available to handle claims – now, that number tops 17 hundred. Additional staff members have allowed the state to process claims more quickly. Despite that, 141 thousand workers out of a job are still waiting for their benefits to kick in. Republican lawmakers point to that figure while they demand the D-W-D to operate more efficiently.