Missouri to reinstate jobless claim requirements in July

Starting next month, Missourians who file for unemployment benefits will once again be required to search for work.

The search requirement was waived by the state’s labor department in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the requirement is reinstated, applicants for unemployment benefits will have to document three activities per week related to their job search. These activities could include filling out a job application or attending a job fair.

Additionally, employers will once again be charged for unemployment claims by their former workers. To avoid the charges, businesses are encouraged to report workers who refuse to return to work.

State benefits max out a $320 per week, and emergency federal benefits will add $600 weekly through late July.

As of the end of May, about 230,000 people were claiming weekly benefits in Missouri.


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