Evers Seeks Disaster Declaration As WI Unemployment Grows

Governor Tony Evers is seeking a disaster declaration as Wisconsin unemployment grows. 

The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits topped 24,600 on Monday, making it the highest daily total during the outbreak. Since March 15, there have been nearly 222,000 claims, which is 17-times higher than the same period a year ago.

Evers said he hoped the emergency declaration would allow the state to access critical programs to support its response to the coronavirus pandemic , including community disaster loans, public assistance, direct assistance and crisis counseling.

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