I’ve Been Laid Off

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Start here if you're facing a layoff and need information related to re-employment, training and other financial, health and community resources to move forward.

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 has recently lost their job due to a company closure or downsizing, we can help.

We offer workshops and Rapid Response information sessions (for free) that are available both at American Job Centers (AJCs) and community venues. These sessions and workshops can include:

  • Career planning assistance
  • Workshops and classes
  • Resume writing assistance and interview preparation
  • Updating your skills and information on training options
  • Referrals to additional community programs
  • Information on Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits
  • Intensive career services through the Dislocated Worker program

Check out the events happening in our area or contact us to learn more.

Apply for UI 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.

How to Apply for UI Benefits

Workers must now apply for UI benefits online. Visit your local American Job Center for free computer access and help applying for benefits.

Contact UI Staff

For help using online services or if you are truly unable to go online, call 414.435.7069 during business hours (M-F, 7:45am - 4:30pm).

UI Resources

Unemployment Insurance Tax Information (PDF) | This document contains information on Unemployment Insurance tax information.

Health Insurance

Healthcare.gov | The official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. See your health insurance choices under the Affordable Care Act. A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ACCESS Wisconsin | ACCESS Wisconsin is your online guide to Wisconsin programs for health, nutrition, and child care. The website provides a easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to get:

  • Help with buying food
  • Low- or no-cost health care
  • Help with buying prescription drugs
  • Help with paying for child care
  • Home energy assistance
  • Special tax credits
  • Low cost life insurance

COBRA Continuation Coverage | This type of coverage may be available to you if your employer continues to operate and offer a group health plan. COBRA, which generally applies to employers with 20 or more employees, allows the individual and his/her family to continue the same group health coverage at group rates. An individual's 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.

Employmee Benefits Security Administration | EBSA is committed to providing participant and compliance assistance regarding pension, health and other employee benefit plans.If you have questions about your health benefits rights, call the Employee Benefits Security Administration office near you at 1-866-444-EBSA (3272).

Retirement and Healthcare Coverage: Questions and Answers for Dislocated Workers | This booklet addresses some of the common questions dislocated workers ask. In addition, there is a brief guide to additional resources at the back. Together, they can help you in making critical decisions about your healthcare coverage and your retirement benefits.

Community Information and Assistance

Wisconsin 211 | Dial 2-1-1 to locate information on health and human services available your community. This includes, but is not limited to assistance for 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 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Information can be provided in over 90 different languages.

Check out your local county website for local and community resources available to you.