Bill could reduce unemployment benefits

Members of the Missouri House have approved a bill to reduce the time available for unemployment benefits. The bill would cut the ability to get benefits to 13 weeks if the state’s unemployment is below six percent which is currently seven weeks fewer than the current eligibility. The rate would slowly increase if the unemployment rose above six percent topping at 20 weeks if the jobless rate passes 9 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Missouri was 3.5 percent in December.

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