MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hit 14.1% in April, a level not seen since the Great Depression.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures on Thursday. The state’s rate was just below the national rate of 14.7% for national unemployment.
April was the first full month of the state’s “safer at home” order issued by Gov. Tony Evers in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic that forced most nonessential businesses to close and led to skyrocketing unemployment.
While unemployment has soared, so too has criticism from Republicans over the speed in processing claims for benefits.