Missouri Will End All Coronavirus Related Unemployment Benefits This Weekend

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that the state will end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits. The governor announced back on May 11th that he directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that the state will end all participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs, effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

This applies to the following programs:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • Emergency Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and two others.

n a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui , provided notification of the state’s intention to stop all federal pandemic-related unemployment programs. This announcement comes after teps taken last July to require claimants to again conduct weekly work searches in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. Under Missouri’s law, claimants are mandated to perform nd report three work search activities every week. Qualified work search activities include filing an application (online or in-person) with a company or via  job posting sites or attending a job fair, job interview, reemployment service or skills workshop. Officials say , the unemployment rate in Missouri dropped to 4.2 percent and employment increased by more than 15,000 jobs in March.




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