That’s the claims the state of Wisconsin is making to account for the large upturn. They report this is an annual occurrence directly related to the 9 day deer season.

Every year, initial filings for unemployment insurance leap in the closing week of November as some employers hang out the “Gone Hunting” sign and suspend operations or schedule downtime to accommodate Wisconsin’s nine-day gun-deer hunting season, which ended Sunday.

I guess if I lost my job just before the season I might hold off looking till the season is over.

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