Missouri Unemployment Guide

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If you've recently lost your job in Missouri, you may be eligible for Missouri Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Missouri unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.



Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Missouri workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on www.moclaim.com.
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone (M – F 8:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Jefferson City – 573-751-9040
  • Kansas City – 816-889-3101
  • Springfield – 417-895-6851
  • St. Louis – 314-340-4950
  • All other – 800-320-2519


File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type


After your initial filing, you will receive a Notice of Initial Determination of Status as an Insured Worker that will give some basic information on the status of your claim.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Missouri weekly unemployment benefits are 4% of the average of the two highest quarters in your base period, up to a maximum $320 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Missouri workers can file weekly unemployment certification one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your weekly benefit certification on www.moclaim.com.
  2. Telephone – File your weekly benefit certification by telephone (M – F 8:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Jefferson City – 573-751-9040
  • Kansas City – 816-889-3101
  • Springfield – 417-895-6851
  • St. Louis – 314-340-4950
  • All other – 800-320-2519


Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

Missouri unemployment benefits are paid by Debit Card or direct deposit. You should expect your first benefit payment with 22 days after you have filed your initial claim. You should anticipate your ongoing benefit payments within 7 days after filing your weekly unemployment benefits certification.


Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Missouri workers may be eligible for career assistance through a local Missouri Career Center or through the web site at Missouri Career Source/.


Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.


Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


FAQ:

During busier times, you may receive a busy signal when you call. You'll want to try back every few minutes, or at a less busy time.

You must file your weekly certification within 14 days from the Saturday of your claim week, or you risk losing benefits.

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Missouri Division of Employment Security.

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