Wisconsin’s unemployment rate remains at 3.9 percent

In this July 18, 2020, file photo, a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, California. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

Enhanced federal unemployment benefits expired Sept. 6

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  • Saturday, October 23, 2021, 1:55pm

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for September remained unchanged at 3.9 percent for the sixth month in a row.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest totals on Thursday. The report is the first since enhanced federal unemployment benefits expired on Sept. 6.

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Republicans had argued that the benefit motivated people not to work, only worsening the state’s worker shortage problem. But Democrats and labor force experts said the shortage, which has been a problem for years, was driven by a variety of factors.

Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, vetoed a Republican-authored bill that would have ended the benefits this summer. An attempt to override that veto failed in July.