April 04, 2020

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Department of Workforce Development closing Job Centers - WAOW

MADISON (WAOW) -- In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is closing Job Centers across the state starting Wednesday.

Services to the public will remain available online, and they'll provide assistance over the phone as well.

"Our dedicated job center staff have been putting themselves and their families at risk each day while working directly with the public providing assistance at the job centers statewide," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "We are focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 while still providing our customers with the support and assistance they need to access unemployment and job search services remotely."

Customers filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) should visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/ for information, videos, and to apply for unemployment benefits. Applying for unemployment benefits is a two-step process:

  1. Apply online the week you become unemployed and
  2. File a weekly claim for each week you would like to receive benefits.

Job Search assistance can also be found online. Register on JobCenterofWisconsin.com (JCW) to create a resume, search for jobs, view online workshops, and research labor market information. Job seekers can email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Staff will be offering over-the-phone appointments to assist people who are searching for jobs, registering on JCW, or utilizing online tools. Please call the number listed below for your county to make an appointment for over-the-phone support for job search assistance.

If you need to call for job assistance, here are the numbers, based on what county you're in.

Southeast:

Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth: (262) 638- 6426

Milwaukee: (414) 874-0318

Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha: (262) 335-5315

South Central: (608) 242-4881

Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, and Sauk

Fox Valley: (920) 997-3272

Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago

Northeast:(920) 448-6760

Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, and Sheboygan

North Central: (715) 261-8700

Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, and Wood

North West:(715) 392-7800

Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn

West Central:(715) 836-5156

Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix

Western: (608) 789-5627

Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon

Southwest: (608) 901- 5700

Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Rock

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