Laid Off Workers

If you’re facing a layoff and need information related to reemployment; are seeking healthcare or Unemployment Insurance (UI) resources; want information on trainings; or need connections to other financial, health and community resources to move forward, turn to us.

How We Can Help

We’ve helped thousands of laid off workers in Northeast Wisconsin quickly transition to new employment through Rapid Response services. If you or someone you know recently lost their job due to a company closure or downsizing, or if your career was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we can help with services like:

  • Information on Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and applying
  • Career planning assistance
  • Resume writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Healthcare options in Wisconsin
  • Job Service information
  • Tips for surviving a layoff
  • Intensive career services through the Dislocated Worker Program
  • Referrals to additional community programs and services

Job Center of Wisconsin High Demand Jobs

If you’re newly or temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 restrictions and are interested in earning additional income, visit the Job Center of Wisconsin’s In-Demand Jobs page to search employers that are hiring for essential jobs, including registered nurses, pharmacists, laborers (freight, stock and material movers), light truck or delivery service drivers, and more. Read DWD’s press release for more information, including how the jobs could affect UI.

Employers looking to connect with job seekers can post positions for free on

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an employer-paid insurance program that helps workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It provides temporary financial help to qualified individuals while they are looking for other work. UI benefits are not meant to replace your previous wages. Information regarding benefit eligibility is available online. If you have questions regarding UI and COVID-19, visit DWD’s Q&A page.


Wisconsin 211 | Dial 2-1-1 to locate information on health and human services available in your community. This includes but is not limited to food and housing/shelter assistance, education information, legal advice, emergency assistance, physical and mental health services, financial assistance, transportation information, and state agency and program information. Wisconsin 211 information and referral services are available 24/7 throughout the year. Information can be provided in over 90 languages.

ACCESS Wisconsin | ACCESS Wisconsin is your online guide to Wisconsin programs for health, nutrition and childcare. The site provides an easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to get help buying food, low- or no-cost healthcare, help buying prescription drugs, and more.

COBRA Continued Coverage | COBRA coverage may be available to you if your employer continues to operate and offer a group health plan. COBRA generally applies to employers with 20 or more employees and allows individuals and/or their family to continue the same group health coverage at group rates. Cost for coverage may be higher than what the individual was paying before (and is usually higher than the cost for coverage under special enrollment in a spouse’s plan) but generally the cost is lower than that for private, individual health insurance coverage.

Covering Wisconsin | Do you need help finding or understanding a health insurance plan? Covering Wisconsin has resources and a helpline to call.

Covering Wisconsin – How-To Sheets | Learn about health insurance through Covering Wisconsin’s free-to-download how-to sheets.

Covering Wisconsin: Health Insurance Options | This flyer provides information on health insurance that may be available to you and your family. It is also available in Spanish.

Covering Wisconsin: Understanding Health Insurance Costs | This flyer has information to get you started and help you understand health insurance costs. It is also available in Spanish.