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Missouri Unemployment Information


Missouri Unemployment:

In today's everchanging job market, it's very common for people to become unemployed. If you have contributed to Missouri's unemployment system, and you have recently become unemployed, you may be eligible to collect state unemployment benefits. This helpful resource will tell you how to file, how you qualify for Missouri Unemployment and links to the Missouri Unemployment and Weekly Claims websites.

Disclaimer: This article is soley intended for informational purposes and as a resource for Missouri Unemployment. Please contact the State of Mo about your case.

How Do I know if I qualify for Missouri Unemployment?:

Each instance of unemployment is evaluated in a case by case basis. According to the Missouri Department of Unemployment, to qualify for unemployment benefits filed on January 1, 2008 or later you must:
  • Have worked in covered employment and earned wages of at least $1,500 in one quarter of the base period and there must be wages in the other quarters of the base period which total at least $750 to establish a minimum claim.

  • The total wages in the base period must be at least one and one-half times the worker's high quarter wages. The worker may still be qualified if he or she has wages in at least two quarters of the base period and the total of these wages equal $18,000.

  • Be out of work due to no fault of his or her own.

What Benefits Will I Receive if I Qualify?:

If you are an insured worker and qualify for benefits your weekly benefit amount will be 4% of the average of your two highest quarters. This amount cannot be more than $320 per week.

The most you can receive during the benefit year is 26 times your weekly benefit amount or one-third of your base period wages, whichever is less. When figuring your maximum benefit amount using either method, the base period wages are limited to 26 times your weekly benefit amount.

How Do I Apply For Missouri Unemployment?:

Once you become unemployed, you may file your unemployment claim online at http://ui.dolir.gov/som or by phone at the following Regional Claim Centers:

Kansas City

St. Louis


If you are outside these calling areas, call 1-800-320-2519 for assistance.

What Do I Need To Apply?:

You must have the following to apply:
Your SSN
Personal Identification Number (PIN) if you have filed a Missouri UI claim in the past.
Mailing address, zip code, and telephone number
County of residence
Name, mailing address, and zip code of your last employer.
Number of days and gross amount of any vacation or holiday pay you did or will receive from your last employer.
Your alien registration number if you are not a US Citizen.

Missouri Unemployment Resources:

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has a great FAQ page on their website.

Click here for all other Missouri Unemployment information not covered here. http://www.dolir.mo.gov/es/ui-benefits/faq.htm

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