Filing for unemployment in Wisconsin was once time-consuming, but online filing has simplified the process. Creating an online claim allows you to register for benefits, set-up an automatic deposit into your checking account, and answer questions regarding your application.

The website is also your online connection to all of Wisconsin’s state work programs and assistance. To get started, a computer will make the process simpler, although it is possible to file from your mobile phone. If you don’t have online access, many libraries offer use of computers after acquiring a free membership card. (If you are unable to obtain on-line access, you can always file by telephone, by calling 608-266-3131.)

To get started:

  • On the internet, navigate to
  • Choose “File for Benefits Online”
  • Gather the information listed
  • Choose the “Apply for Benefits Here” button
  • Enter your information

You will be informed when your claim is being processed. If there is a problem or your situation is a special circumstance, you may be directed to call a claims specialist. If you work for an education employer, or there is confusion about the identity of an employer, your information may be saved and forwarded to a claims specialist who will be able to see your information and directly assist you with your claim.

After you apply:

  • You will receive a confirmation of your claim and a detailed instruction form.
  • You can access the Handbook for Claimants online. Wisconsin considers you responsible for knowing the information available in the handbook.
  • If approved, you will receive notice of the amount of benefits you can receive.
  • If denied, you will receive an explanation for denial and instructions for appeal.

    If you receive notification of unemployment benefits denial, it may mean only that your ex-employer is contesting your claim and not that anyone has made a determination of ineligibility. Common causes of ineligibility are determining that you voluntarily quit your job, termination for misconduct, or not having sufficient wages during your period of employment to qualify for unemployment benefits. (However, there are circumstances under which you can draw unemployment even if you voluntarily quit your job, such as a just cause for leaving or a significant change in the terms and conditions of your employment.)

Every state, including Wisconsin, has an appeals process for denial of unemployment benefits. If you feel you have been improperly denied benefits, file an appeal. Make sure you are aware of and comply with any deadlines given to you. Failure to do so may result in your claim being denied If you appeal, your information will be reviewed in detail, and you may be eligible for an eligibility hearing. While your application is pending, you should continue to file your weekly claim.

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