MADISON (WKOW) -- About 10,000 jobless workers in Wisconsin may be eligible for more unemployment benefits beginning Monday, Sept. 23.
Wisconsin is now eligible for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier 3 benefits program. It provides up to nine weeks of benefits, raising the maximum eligibility in Wisconsin to 63 weeks from 54 weeks.
The program is available in Wisconsin because we've had three straight months with an unemployment rate above 7 percent. Wisconsin was "triggered" off Tier 3 effective June 24, 2012.
The state Department of Workforce Development said it will send a letter to an estimated 10,000 claimants who may be eligible for Tier 3 benefits.
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