Missouri unemployment rate declines

Updated : September 29th, 2020

The Missouri unemployment rate dropped for the first time in this year. The statistics say that Missouri’s jobless rate was 9.4 percent in April, down from 9.5 percent in March but still higher than the 9.1 percent rate of April 2009. The state’s April rate was lower than the national rate of 9.9 percent, which increased 0.2 percent from the month before. The state’s total work force was 2.67 million in April, an increase of 14,800 from the month before.

It has been observed that there are people who have been gaining jobs while there have been others who have been losing theirs. The state has been trying to woo some of the major employers like IBM into investments in Missouri.



Missouri Department of Labor spokeswoman Amy Suson says the state’s unemployment rate is at nine-point-four percent…..of that percentage 87-thousand Missourians are on second, third and fourth rounds of unemployment benefits.

The unemployment rate of the state has been steady since a few months so it means that the number of people filing for unemployment claims has also been steady. Missouri has been ranked 20th in terms of unemployment in the nation.

According to a just released report from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the state had its best jobs creation month of the year, adding more than 14,000 jobs in the state and reducing unemployment by one-tenth of a percentage point, to 9.4 percent. Of course, it is not the end of financial crisis but it shows that economy shows signs of recovery.

For getting to know the unemployment claims of the state, you can refer the unemployment benefits guide of Missouri.



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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