Work searches for unemployed up for vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Unemployed people in Wisconsin would have to double their searches for work from two to four a week or lose their benefits under a proposal up for a vote.

If approved, Wisconsin would have one of the toughest job search requirements in the country.

The change was up for a vote Monday in the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. The full Legislature would have to agree for the change to take effect.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed the change in his budget.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says in a briefing paper that only three other states require four or more searches a week. North and South Carolina both require four and Florida requires a person either do five searches or contact a federal resource network for the unemployed.

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