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Backlog in unemployment hearings declines


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The delay for those waiting for an appeal hearing on unemployment benefits has dropped significantly in the past year.

The number of appeals by those denied benefits has dropped to 1,750 cases from 4,450 on Jan. 1, 2011.

The state has struggled to keep up with a flood of unemployment insurance appeals since the economy began to decline. Some unemployed who were owed benefits had to wait months for a hearing to successfully argue their cases.

Unemployment Insurance Division administrator Craig Barkelar tells The Post-Crescent ( ) that the state is catching up because the unemployment rate has declined in Wisconsin and because administrative law judges are taking a heavier load of cases.


Information from: The Post-Crescent,

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