State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
What is the purpose of this new requirement?
This requirement is not new. (OK, so maybe this question should have been worded differently.)
What has changed is that all claimants must now register with Wisconsin Job Service through JobCenterofWisconsin.com. Claimants will no longer be able to register by phone, but Job Center of Wisconsin call center employees will be available for assistance.
The "new" requirement goes into effect on October 13, 2013.
How long does the process take?
On average, about an hour.
- 10-15 minutes to file a claim
- 45-50 minutes to complete a work registration form.
- Job match profile included in registration procedure.
Here's the DWD answer. On average, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to file a claim for unemployment benefits. Work registration follows this process. A person with average computer skills can complete both in an hour. This includes completing a Job Match Profile. Those who need extra help can visit their nearest Job Center, or call the Job Center of Wisconsin call center toll-free at 1-888-258-9966. Staff will guide claimants through the registration process.
As for "their nearest Job Center.......
There are 4 in the northwest quadrant of Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Phillips, Rice Lake, and Superior.
I suspect many claimants are going to end up at their local public library.