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‘We know the jobs are out there;’ Parson to end federal unemployment assistance Saturday | St. Louis News Headlines – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 2021-06-11 15:30:00 –

Jefferson City, Missouri ( a press conference in May, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that the state would end its federal unemployment benefits. According to the Governor, Missouri will end participation in all federal benefit programs launched on June 12 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These federal benefits provided the financial assistance needed during the heyday of COVID-19, but were temporary. Continuing these programs is of the workforce we are currently facing. It only exacerbates the problem, “Person said. “It’s time to end these programs that motivated people to leave the workforce.”

In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parson speaks at a press conference in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

The announced termination applies to the following programs:

  • Pandemic unemployment support;
  • Emergency unemployment relief for government agencies and nonprofits.
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation;
  • Pandemic emergency unemployment compensation;
  • Reimbursement of 100% of short-term compensation benefit costs paid under state law.And
  • Mixed-income unemployment compensation.

On average, unemployed people from the federal government and Missouri see $ 620 a week. Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 4.2% and employment increased by more than 15,000 in March, according to the governor. As of June 12, anyone unemployed in the state will receive approximately $ 330 a week.

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Missouri law requires residents to perform and report on job-seeking activities three times a week. For qualified job search activities, submit an application (online or face-to-face) to your employer, through a job listing site, or at a job fair, job interview, reemployment service, or skill workshop. Includes participation.

In recent weeks, employers have spoken frankly about the frustration of workers’ employment difficulties, especially in the food service industry. One of the suggested reasons behind the problem is that unemployment benefits prevent people from returning to work.

“We know there are more than 221,000 known jobs across the state and jobs are there. One of the last remaining hurdles to a full economic recovery is addressing this labor shortage. That’s what the person said.

However, workers say COVID-19 safety concerns have boosted their decision and encouraged consideration of wages based on what the industry was previously willing to pay. When asked to provide data to support that unemployment benefits were the only impetus for those leaving the workforce, Parson said, “All you have to do is go anywhere in Missouri. Just go and drive the road, and “need help” everywhere in Missouri. Whether it’s a small business or a large company, this is not an isolated area. This is a more common sense issue. We all know where the labor market is and are looking for people to go to work. I’ll get back to work. “

Missouri’s unemployment benefits system has confused many beneficiaries as the state announced that it may need to repay some of the money it received in 2020. These announcements faced opposition and several lawmakers moved to allow overpayment.

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Missouri is the seventh state to join Alabama, Kansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, and South Carolina and end the federal unemployment program.

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