It’s not just that Wisconsin was unprepared for last spring’s flood of unemployment claims, as a new report says the state never recovered from its poor start.
UW-Madison economist Noah Williams released the report yesterday. It shows not only did Wisconsin fall behind when unemployment claims spiked last April, but the state spent the rest of the year waiting to pay people, over-paying people, and paying far too much in fraudulent claims. The report says Wisconsin was one of the worst states during last year’s unemployment boom. Williams says Wisconsin did so poorly, it should consider outsourcing its unemployment operations.