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Missouri Issuing Additional $300 Federal Supplement To Unemployed

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) began processing $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments to eligible unemployed workers last week.

Payments were processed under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020.

The last payable week will be the week ending March 13, 2021.

FPUC provides those eligible for at least one dollar of unemployment compensation benefits during the week to receive an additional $300 per week as a federal supplement.

The previous program began March 29, 2020 and expired July 25. It provided eligible Missourians with over $2.9 billion in benefit payments.

Claimants do not need to take any additional action to receive the supplemental payment.

FPUC benefits are payable with the week beginning Dec. 27, 2020. Weeks for which payment was requested before that date will not include the FPUC supplement.

The Division of Employment Security (DES) said that child support payments, existing non-fraud overpayments and taxes — for those that have elected to have taxes withheld — reduces both the $300 payment as well as any weekly unemployment payments.

DES will continue making announcements on the extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) as it receives implementation guidance from the US Department of Labor.

Before calling the DES, check for additional information on unemployment by visiting labor.mo.gov/coronavirus, watch how-to videos at labor.mo.gov/des/videos, check for correspondence and claim status information at uinteract.labor.mo.gov and ask unemployment questions of the Department’s virtual assistant at labor.mo.gov.

For those struggling during this time, the Missouri Service Navigator can help connect individuals and families with vital local services. For more assistance resources and information, visit labor.mo.gov/DES/Claims/public_programs.

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