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Changes to unemployment requirements could mean held checks

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A new requirement for unemployment insurance could keep applicants from getting their checks but may help them find work.

Changes to unemployment requirements will affect nearly 200 people in the Chippewa Valley this week.

"Starting October 13th, the Department of Workplace Development is requiring mandatory registration of the Job Center of Wisconsin for all unemployed insurance claims," Steve Blodgett, Job Service Director says.

It's part of a longstanding federal law that hasn't been enforced in Wisconsin since the mid 1990's. Now applicants will have 14 days after they apply for benefits to register with the Job Center. If they don't make the deadline, their check will be held.

"We will hold it until the registration is complete. They can register in about 15 minutes. They can come into our job centers if they need help. They can do the online registration at home and do it themselves. They can go to public libraries or they can call our 1-800 number and with assistance through the phone they can register.  They'll have to put there name in, the occupations they've had and some of their work experience," Blodgett says.

The requirement also includes uploading or creating a resume and a creating a job-match profile. The profile then pairs employers with eligible candidates to reduce the number of people receiving unemployment compensation.

"They will see that we have more than 40,000 job openings statewide on the site right now," Blodgett says.

Statewide the unemployment rate is 6.2 percent. Eau Claire is lower at 5.6 percent.

"We have over 2,100 jobs just in the Chippewa Valley that have been posted here," Blodgett says.

Unemployment applicants will receive flyers and phone calls reminding them of the approaching deadline once they apply for benefits.

This requirement does not apply to unionized or seasonal applicants or any other applicants who are not required to search for work.

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