There is some relief on the way for Wisconsin’s long-term unemployed. The U-S Labor Department told state officials Friday that those who qualify can get up to 63 weeks of unemployment benefits instead of the current 54. That’s because the state’s jobless rate averaged more than seven-percent over the most recent three-month period. The state lost the same nine-week benefit package last June. But now, Wisconsin is among 33 states eligible for the 63-week benefit total starting Monday.
About 10-thousand Wisconsinites are eligible for the additional nine weeks of jobless benefits. They’ll soon get letters informing them of the increase.