(WLUK) -- Governor Tony Evers says more and more people in the state are finding themselves out of work.
"Last week more than 115, 000 new preliminary unemployment insurance applications were filed with the DWD," said Evers Monday. "115,000 in one week.”
Unemployed Wisconsinites are overwhelming the Department of Workforce Development’s website and phone lines.
"The UI call center also received more than 1.5 million calls in that same time period which is an increase of 6,208% over the average weekly call volume," said Evers. "Just to underscore the need is for these benefits, last Thursday DWD received 400,000 calls between 6 and ten AM. At one time they were averaging 160 calls per second.”
With all non-essential businesses closed and some having difficulty receiving unemployment benefits. People in the state may need some revenue for the time being.
The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board is looking to help those people out.
“Our belief is that many of these businesses, if they do reopen, will want these workers back. We’re kind of revisiting how we do business," said Anthony Snyder the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board CEO. "We want to help the employers that need workers and we want to help people who maybe want a temporary job just to get through this rough patch.”
They are asking for places like grocery stores or manufacturing facilities who can offer a temporary job
“We’re not trying to poach all of those workers and put them somewhere else permanently. We’re just trying to help during, what we believe, is a temporary crisis,” said Snyder.
Fox Valley businesses with temporary positions open are urged to sign up with the Workforce Development Board by noon on Tuesday. Businesses can apply online here.