Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund could run out of money by October if unemployment claims keep coming in at the current rate, the state Department of Workforce Development announced May 7.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected many Wisconsin manufacturers including Kohler Co. A local union leader says most of its employees are now working 32-hour weeks due to a decline in demand, but Kohler says it has seen interest spike around some products.
A federal government study, which will include roughly 300 families from Wisconsin, hopes to answer questions about how many children get infected, whether they develop symptoms and how it affects those with asthma.
UW System President Ray Cross has unveiled a plan to "streamline" duplicate degree programs and centralize administrative functions along with online class offerings. Years of declining state support and financial hits from COVID-19 make layoffs inevitable.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urged meat processing plants to remain open or to submit plans to the department for "near-term reopening." This comes as plants in Wisconsin and around the nation and face workplace-specific outbreaks of COVID-19.
Wisconsin reported 460 new cases of COVID-19 on May 1 — a record number since the state started tracking the disease. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how case and test data are used by state officials as they consder relaxinng public health guidelines.
State government saw a sharp decline in tax revenue during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a drop that was caused by a combination of the economic slowdown created by the virus and the three-month extension for filing income taxes.