GREEN BAY - Unemployed people in the state are reacting to a legislative proposal that would force them to step up their search efforts.
The proposal was approved by the Joint Finance Committee Tuesday.
It would force unemployed people who receive benefits from the state to apply for four jobs every week. Right now they have to apply for at least two.
The full Legislature still has to vote on the plan.
So how will this affect those who are out of work, and looking for jobs?
The Joint Finance Committee proposal would require people to double their work search efforts, or possibly lose their benefits.
"During the so-called Great Recession, Wisconsin borrowed over a billion, with a "b" to pay for unemployment checks. So we have to repay that money to the federal government," said Jim Golembeski, the director of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board.
Department of Workforce Development numbers indicate the agency processed more than 80,000 unemployment claims in a recent week. Maximum weekly benefits can reach as high as $330 per person.
"There is a concerted effort on the part of the administration to get people back to work as quickly as possible," said Golembeski.
At the Job Center in Green Bay, Alexandra Lynn says she can send out fifteen applications a week.
"The computer is very useful. I can just go online and be able to go on the Job Center website or on Craigslist and find jobs on there," said Lynn of Green Bay.
Others say applying to four places a week could saturate the market. Orlando LeBron of Green Bay says people may apply just to comply.
Even if I know I have no qualifications for that job, I am going to do what is necessary. That I comply with what they are asking for, plus keep my benefits," said LeBron.
"Employers don't want someone who is not qualified applying. We really need people on unemployment to get serious about a job search," said Golembeski.
Industry experts say job seekers should have a resume and cover letter specific to each job, and brush up on their interview skills.
"You got to look at what does the employer want and how do I put that into my resume in a way that that employer is going to say this is a pretty good match here," said Golembeski.
"I actually have a job interview Wednesday for Innovative Services. So pretty good leads," said Lynn.
A check of the Job Center's website indicates more than 40,000 job postings, and more than 60,000 resumes.
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