Audio: Starting Saturday, Missouri will no longer offer additional federal pandemic unemployment benefits

Starting Saturday, Missouri will no longer offer additional federal pandemic unemployment benefits.     A growing number of Republican-controlled states have chosen to end the federal aid that added $300 per week. Last month, Governor Parson announced the decision because he said the extra funding is causing worker shortages among some Missouri businesses. Missouri House […]

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Audio: Sedalia Representative says government should reward those who worked throughout pandemic

Sedalia State Representative Brad Pollitt says the government should reward workers who have worked throughout the pandemic, instead of giving more “government handouts” like unemployment benefits.     Pollitt says he pleaded with Governor Parson’s Office to stop taking the 300-dollar-per-week federal coronavirus-related unemployment benefits.     On June 12, Missouri will no longer take […]

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Missouri Governor says federal unemployment programs have given public incentive to stay out of the workforce

Saying that there’s a labor shortage across Missouri, Governor Mike Parson (R) has issued a directive to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Missouri’s House Democratic Leader is blasting the decision. Governor Parson made the announcement during a Tuesday afternoon briefing at the Statehouse in Jefferson […]

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Missouri Jobs Report report for April, 2021, shows slight decline in unemployment rate

Missouri non-farm payroll employment showed little overall change from March 2021 to April 2021, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by a tenth of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 600 jobs over the month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in April 2021, down from 4.2 percent in […]

Audio: Missouri Legislature fails to pass fix for 46,000 Missourians given too much in unemployment aid

The state Legislature did not end up passing a bill this session that would let about 46,000 Missourians keep extra unemployment relief the state mistakenly gave them. Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia says a fix could be part of a special session.     Early on, Governor Parson supported the idea of the […]

Governor Parson announces Missouri to end all pandemic-related unemployment benefits

To address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to notify the U.S. Department of Labor that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. “From conversations with business owners across the state, we know […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate works on bill that would forgive unemployment overpayments, shrink future jobless benefits

The Missouri Senate worked Monday on a bill that would forgive state and federal unemployment overpayments. During debate on the proposal, an attempt was also made to shrink future jobless payments by eight weeks. Kansas City Democrat Greg Razer says the effort would kick Missourians while they are down.     Warrensburg Republican Denny Hoskins […]

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Unemployment Rates: Five area counties above state average while eleven counties are below state average

Five area counties have unemployment rates above the state average while eleven others are below the statewide rate for February, the most recent month available. The Missouri unemployment rate average is 5%. Above that mark are Linn County at 7.8%, Caldwell at 6.0%, Clinton and Sullivan counties are 5.7%, and Carroll County is 5.2%. Unemployment […]

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Missouri monthly unemployment rate inches down to 4.2% in March, 2021

Missouri non-farm payroll employment recovered strongly in March 2021 after a loss in February, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by a tenth of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 15,400 jobs over the month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in March 2021, down from 4.3 percent in […]

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Audio: Missouri lawmakers in both parties grill state labor director again on unemployment overpayments

The chairman of a Missouri House oversight committee says the case of a bus driver who won his appeal with the state Department of Labor over unemployment overpayments will have large implications. Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight Chair Jered Taylor of Nixa tells the state labor director there are hundreds of cases just […]

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JAG-Missouri attracts more than $100,000 to support students

Jobs for America’s Graduates-Missouri, known as JAG-Missouri, recently received a number of contributions totaling more than $100,000 – one of the best fundraising periods in the organization’s recent history. JAG is a 40-year-old national nonprofit organization that has helped more than 1.5 million students reach their full potential by ensuring they graduate from high school […]

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Hawley calls for Biden to extend freeze on foreign worker visas

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to extend President Donald Trump’s executive order freezing visas for certain temporary foreign workers, which will expire today, March 31, 2021, unless President Biden acts. Senator Hawley writes that the temporary freeze, issued to protect American workers during the pandemic, should be extended […]

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Missouri State Treasurer returns $100 million in unclaimed property

Treasurer Fitzpatrick today announced that his office has returned the first $100 million of his administration in just over two years, the fastest of any Missouri Treasurer. $100,080,956 has been returned since Treasurer Fitzpatrick took office in January 2019. This is the Treasurer’s fourth Unclaimed Property record. “Raising awareness and returning Unclaimed Property to rightful […]

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$300 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds transferred to Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Governor Mike Parson announced that he has authorized a transfer of $300 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds from the State Treasury into the state’s UI Trust Fund to help keep the Trust Fund balance above the level that would trigger an increase in contribution tax rates for Missouri businesses.  “With over 96 percent of […]

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Most counties in northern Missouri hold unemployment rates below the state average

Most area counties have unemployment rates that are below the state average in Missouri. That average for January is 5.1%. Linn, Sullivan, and Carroll counties have rates above the state average. The latest county by county report shows Linn County at 7.3%, Sullivan County at 5.6%, and Carroll County at 5.3%. Grundy County’s unemployment rate […]