Federal officials to reduce aid to Wisconsin to help unemployment

State's unemployment rate is 6.8 percent

The state’s improving unemployment rate might not be good news for nearly 12,000 people in Wisconsin who were still collecting benefits.

Federal government officials said that because the unemployment rate has gone down, the federal emergency unemployment benefits are being reduced in the Badger state.

About 11,500 Wisconsinites will only be eligible for 60 weeks of unemployment instead of 73 weeks, officials said.

State Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said that officials are already making preparations.

“Nothing is going to happen prior to June 23. Once we received this official notification by the federal government, we began the process to notify claimants of this change and that process is underway,” he said.

Right now, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 6.8 percent.