Friday, June 12, 2009

Nixon Signs Bill Extending Unemployment Benefits

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday that extends unemployment benefits in Missouri by using $65 million dollars in federal stimulus money.
Some of the money will give jobless residents up to 20 additional weeks of benefits.
When the average total unemployment rate exceeds 6.5% during a three-month period, unemployed Missourians would qualify for an additional 13 weeks.
Right now, the benefits run out after 59 weeks.

An effort to expand who qualifies for the benefits is less clear. The U.S. Department of Labor is reviewing Missouri's law to determine if the state qualifies. The Nixon administration said Friday that the U.S. Department of Labor yesterday notified the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations that Missouri qualifies for the federally funded extension of unemployment benefits under HB 1075. But a federal labor official told The Associated Press in May that the state likely would not qualify.
Individuals who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and who may be eligible for these extended benefits will receive a letter with claim instructions from the Division of Employment Security. Those individuals may file a claim beginning Monday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m. by calling a Division of Employment Security Regional Claims Center:

In Springfield, that number is (417) 895-6851.

1 comment:

vanessa said...

Speaking of the employment situation, Junior Achievement just put out a new report about how the country needs a more "Entrepreneurial Workforce" to remain competitive. It's kind of a different way of looking at the problem. Here's the link