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State unemployment fund may go broke next spring

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The fund that pays Wisconsin's unemployment benefits has only a quarter of what it had before the 2001 recession.

Despite recent efforts to prop it up, a state projection says the fund could still go in the red for a short period next March.

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The Legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle agreed this spring to make employers pay much higher taxes to the jobless fund.

But jobless claims have gone up 5 percent since the spring.

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