MADISON (AP) - A new waiting period for unemployment benefits begins this week in Wisconsin.
The one-week waiting period before unemployed workers can begin collecting benefits is expected to save the state an estimated $45 million a year. More than three dozen other states have adopted a waiting period.
State lawmakers instituted the change as part of the 2011-2013 budget. The Wausau Daily Herald says anyone already collecting unemployment benefits will be subject to the one-week wait when their current 52-week benefit year ends.
Unemployed workers are eligible for 86 weeks of jobless benefits in Wisconsin. The maximum weekly benefit is $363.
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