Unemployment claims should be processed online, and that continues to run smoothly. Those trying to reach the office that handles applications for Door and Kewaunee Counties by phone will not be able to do so. Kim Carley, Executive Director of We Are Hope, which runs the Sturgeon Bay Job Center, says that applicants should exhaust the online resources available before trying to call. For those without internet, the Sturgeon Bay Job Center is open although the capacity is limited.
Unemployment claims filed Sunday and Monday this week were over 32,000 statewide. Last year, for the same two-day timeframe, the total was 2,375. Kim says she expects the pace to ramp up following Governor Evers' “Safer At Home” order. Unemployment benefits are income-based until you reach a maximum of $363 per week.