Unemployment

Audio: Missouri pays out approximately $2 billion in unemployment claims during pandemic

Missouri’s governor and state officials say initial unemployment claims have dropped from about 100-thousand in late March to about 20-thousand in early June. Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui addressed the issue during a Statehouse news conference on Tuesday.     The state fully reopened for business on Tuesday, and Director […]

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Missouri announces additional extended benefits for unemployment

The Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security announced today that Missouri will begin offering the extended benefits program for those who have exhausted their previous unemployment benefits. Missouri’s most recent insured unemployment rate of 5.39% triggered the state onto a 13-week EB period beginning the week of May 31, 2020. With the […]

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Graves, Hartzler ask for further clarity on CDC meatpacker safety guidelines

Congressman Sam Graves, along with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, sent a letter to Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention within Department of Health and Human Services and Loren Sweatt, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health Administration within the Department of Labor, demanding further clarification on […]

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More than 101,000 Missourians file for unemployment last week

Missouri’s latest unemployment figures have taken another jump. More than 101,000 Missourians filed a jobless claim last week – an increase of roughly 10,000 over the previous week. Since the coronavirus started hitting the state’s economy in mid-March, over 339,000 people have requested unemployment aid. That’s more than all of 2019 jobless figures of 183,000. […]

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91,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week

The latest state information shows more than 91,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week. During the last three weeks of state unemployment records, more than 237,000 Missourians have filed jobless claims. That’s more than all of 2019 when about 183,000 claims were filed. Before the coronavirus pandemic began taking its toll on Missouri, the state’s […]

Unemployment

Governor Parson announces implementation of $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program

Governor Mike Parson announced that the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR) Division of Employment Security (DES) has received its first operational guidance related to the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The FPUC does not include any provisions or benefits […]

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Missouri receives nearly 30% of total unemployment claims filed in 2019 in just one week

The number of Missourians filing for unemployment has escalated this month. During a Capitol press briefing, Gov. Mike Parson says COVID-19 is taking its toll on the state’s workforce. In just the past week, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, has received nearly 30% of the total number of unemployment claims filed in […]

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Missouri Job Centers to suspend in-person services due to COVID-19

In cooperation with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local government leaders, all Missouri Job Centers will close to in-person services beginning tomorrow, March 20 for one week, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All Job Centers are closed to in-person services but will continue to be staffed […]

Shared Work

Audio: Missouri touts Shared Work Program to help businesses keep workers during current slow time

Governor Parson says today the state is reviewing whether Missouri will speed up the process to get benefits to unemployed workers affected by the coronavirus. Parsons expects thousands of Missourians to lose their jobs due to the consequences of the respiratory virus. Department of Labor Director Anna Hui says the state’s Shared Work program is […]

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Audio: Former CEO at Putnam County Memorial Hospital Pleads Guilty to $114 million billing scheme

A former executive of a northern Missouri hospital pleaded guilty in federal court in Florida to a $114 million pass-through billing scheme. The Justice Department in Washington says former Putnam County Memorial Hospital chief executive officer David Lane Byrns pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Byrns pleaded […]