It has been so long that either they want the backlog or they are just too incompetent to deal with it. Meanwhile, real people are hurting.
According to the DWD, the department received more than 6 million weekly claims from March 15 through September 5. Nearly 700,000 of them are still being processed.
“They have had significant backlogs due to the workload of the historic layoff through this pandemic,” Workforce Connections executive director Teresa Pierce said.
Pierce says the DWD moved most of their staff to the unemployment insurance sector.
“There’s been a substantial increase in the number of calls we’ve received at the job center,” Pierce said. “And then we refer them to Madison.”