Laid Off Workers

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If you're facing a layoff and need information related to reemployment; are seeking healthcare or Unemployment Insurance resources; want information on trainings; or need connections to other financial, health and community resources to move forward, turn to us.


How We Can Help

Our team has helped thousands of affected workers in South Central Wisconsin quickly transition to new employment through Rapid Response services. If you or someone you know recently lost their job due to a company closure or downsizing, or if you're career was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we can help with services including:

Virtual Rapid Response Session

Interested in learning more about the services and resources available to you? Check out our Virtual Rapid Response session and learn how you can get started with the WorkSmart Network today.

Job Center of Wisconsin In-Demand Jobs

If you're newly or temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 restrictions and are interested in earning additional income, visit wisconsinjobcenter.org/lookforjobs/in-demand.htm to search employers that are hiring for essential jobs, including registered nurses, pharmacists, laborers (freight, stock and material movers), light truck or delivery service drivers, and more.

Employers looking to connect with job seekers can post positions for free on jobcenterofwisconsin.com.

Read more about the site, essential jobs and how it may affect Unemployment Insurance here.


Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an employer-paid insurance program that helps workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It provides temporary financial help to qualified individuals while they are looking for other work. UI benefits are not meant to replace your previous wages. Information regarding benefit eligibility is available online.

If you have questions regarding UI and COVID-19, visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Q&A page.

Department of Workforce Development's Presentation on Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance

Job Center of Wisconsin: Job Seeker Registration


United Way 211 - Help Starts Here

There are services available in the greater community to help get you through these tough times.

For many, you have not had to ask for assistance in the past. You have been independent and able to take care of your family's needs. Please don't hesitate to reach out. United Way 211 is a free, confidential information and referral resource available via telephone (voice or text) 24/7. It covers the entire state and you reach a "live" resource specialist by simply calling 2-1-1 on your telephone or texting your zip code to 898-211. The person answering will be able to help you seek possible solutions. if you prefer, the information is also available online at www.211wisconsin.org.

Getting Help

Call 211 for information on available resources concerning:

  • Food and housing help
  • Financial counseling
  • Legal assistance
  • Caring for seniors
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse
  • Employment and education
  • Domestic violence
  • Healthcare including mental health
  • Disability
  • And more

Resources

Wisconsin 211 | Dial 2-1-1 to locate information on health and human services available in your community. This includes but is not limited to assistance with food, housing and shelter, education, legal advice, emergencies, physical and mental health issues, financial assistance, transportation, and state agency and program information. Wisconsin 211 information and referral services are available 24/7 throughout the year. Information can be provided in over 90 languages.

ACCESS Wisconsin | ACCESS Wisconsin is your online guide to Wisconsin programs for health, nutrition and childcare. The site provides an easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to get help buying food, low- or no-cost healthcare, help buying prescription drugs. and more.

COBRA Continued Coverage | COBRA coverage may be available to you if your employer continues to operate and offer a group health plan. COBRA generally applies to employers with 20 or more employees and allows individuals and/or their family to continue the same group health coverage at group rates. Cost for coverage may be higher than what the individual was paying before (and is usually higher than the cost for coverage under special enrollment in a spouse's plan) but generally the cost is lower than that for private, individual health insurance coverage.

Covering Wisconsin | Learn about healthcare insurance through Covering Wisconsin's free-to-download how-to sheets.

Covering Wisconsin: Health Insurance Options | This flyer provides information on health insurance that may be available to you and your family. It is also available in Spanish.

Covering Wisconsin: Understanding Health Insurance Costs | This flyer has information to get you started and help you understand health insurance costs. It is also available in Spanish.