Missouri Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Missouri you have to:

1. Be a resident of Missouri. If you are not a resident of Missouri, but worked in Missouri at your last job, you should still have Missouri unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Missouri.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Missouri. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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To go the main Missouri Unemployment page, click here: Missouri Unemployment

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# Lonnie 2011-01-14 20:42
Can you collect unemployment if you were fired for attendance reasons?
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# kim 2011-04-11 14:32
I have a complicated issue that I would like some advice on. I previously worked at a job,i ended up having to take a leave of absence.The owner, (my boss) had ok'd my leave and said I would have a job when I returned, however he was trying to sale the bussiness at this time also. He did get it sold while I was still on leave of absence, he had told the new owner what was going on with me and that I would be in to talki to her when I returned. I called her then and she said she didnt have any work for me. I was just wondering in this situation if I would qualify for unemployment benifits?
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# Brittney 2011-07-04 14:14
I was wondering if i can file for unemployment while on maternity leave ?
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# Amber 2011-07-11 11:58
I requested off two days for a vacation, and my boss told me i couldn't make these sort of requests for a year. On my initial interview she had told me there was no limit to how many vacation days I requested, and didn't mention the year window. She said if I take off anyways I could be fired. In our employee handbook it says if you miss 3 consecutive days you may be fired. If she were to fire me would I be eligable for unemployment?
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# Megan 2011-11-04 11:08
I have a question I had to quit my job because I had to move suddenly because of family issues my job was 68 miles from my current residence, it's costing me more in gas to drive up there (136 miles daily, 680+ miles a week) than I'm making, I only make 7.90 an hour would I still qualify for unemployment even though I quit because I had to move?
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# Amy 2011-11-30 15:57
My issue is that my empoyer has recently demoted me and cut my pay for suspicion of something I do not agree with and of which he has no proof, only suspicion. If I quit due to the situation making the environment "hostile" or unbearable to work in, could I possible collect unemployment?
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# Kelsey 2011-12-24 13:17
How can a company tell you that you are terminated but then put in their records you quit just so u could not collect unemployment?????
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# Kim 2012-02-16 08:53
I relocated to Missouri from California, because my husband was laid-off from his job. Am I eligible for unemployment compensation in Missouri or possibly California?
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# Diana 2012-02-26 19:43
I work a seasonal job in which I work December through the middle of April. After the middle of April, the employer does not have us working. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits? Thank you.
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# Tina 2012-03-26 09:45
How long does a employee have to work for a company to be able to draw unemployment?
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# Carrie 2012-05-08 13:57
I am currently drawing long term disability due to an ongoing work comp injury case. I had surgery back in March of this year due to injuries sustained from my incident. I'm not sure how much longer my disability is going to be for. I've got problems with my back now too because of how I was forced to carry myself on my injured foot. I'm still having issues with my foot that was hurt & we haven't decided what to do about my back problems because of it. I will most likely not be able to go back to my old job which is working in a hog factory standing on my feet on a concrete floor 8-10 hours a day. I was told by my employer that I can still go back to work tho if & when I'm physically able to, but my question is can I qualify for unemployment benefits if I cut ties with my employer due to medical issues that are no fault of my own?
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# Nick 2012-05-29 13:28
I recently got evicted from my home. I found a new place I can afford, but its 4 hours away from where I'm currently working. If I have to leave my job because of this, would I be eligible for unemployment? My job also has a history of letting people go after they put in 2 week notice, if I put in my 2 weeks and they let me go before then, can I collect unemployment?
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# Kelly 2012-06-26 00:28
Can I receive unemployment while on maternity leave?
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# barb 2012-07-20 21:48
If you are fired but for "no cause" but will receive some severance pay, can you still collect unemployment??
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# tiffany 2012-08-11 15:45
Can I receive unemployment with nonpaid maternity leave?
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# brandy 2012-09-10 14:32
I was wanting to know if I quit my job to go to school can I draw unemployment
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# Angel 2012-09-13 19:57
I am in the military and received orders to relocate to Missouri. My husband is currently a government employee for the state we live in. Because he is relocating with me, he has to terminate his position. There are no open positions in the area we are moving to so he is unable to transfer. Is he eligible to collect unemployment for Missouri once we get settled there?
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# Ashley 2012-11-25 21:41
My husband recently lost his job and now we are relocating from Missouri to another state. I have worked at my current job for 2yrs and now have to quit to move with him. Will i be eligible for unemployment?
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# Candice 2013-01-27 23:24
Can I work a part-time job without it affecting my unemployment benefits? I have read that I can make up to 50% of my weekly unemployment benefit without a deduction, is this true?
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# Marcia 2013-03-05 18:17
I am a nurse. I was called at home to come into mandatory inservice, on my day off, because my SPV wanted to talk to me. When I got there, the DON and Admin were waiting for me. They handed me a write up paper that said did not complete job duties, which were 6 weekly skin assessments, which were done, but needed to be put in the computer . The previous day when I worked (6am-6pm) during me shift I had an admission, a fall which both require a lot of time and paperwork plus dining room duty for lunch and supper, 2 hrs each meal, other problems that came up with other residents and all the hot rack charting for the day. Was unable to get any paperwork done thru the shift. Worked until 10pm plus extra time on my own and d/t the time a decided I would put skin assessments in computer the next day at the inservice. I was told I didn't need to do that. They had another nurse already do them. i was told my services were no longer needed. Would I qualify for unemployment?
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# joe 2013-05-29 15:09
Can you quit your job and collect unemployment if employer bounces your payroll checks and you can't get your money?
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# Michele 2013-08-25 10:09
I will have to quit my job soon because of health reasons. I understand this will disqualify me for unemployment benefits. However, in Missouri there is no short term disability. About 10 months ago I applied for SSID and was denied because they said I could still work. I have reached the end and can not work. What's left?
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# kim 2013-09-05 22:30
After 8 years of full time my employer fired me because my drawer was over $5.00 and the service drawer was short the same. There was no shortage but they called it a policy violation for money to be in the wrong place. Always before they would put the money where it belonged and no write ups as long as no money was missing. During the last couple of weeks before they fired me they also wrote other people up for same reason. My guess is so I couldn't claim unfair treatment. They put me at the service desk with a back up cashier I was only allowed to use if I had a long line or needed my break. I was told to leave my backup alone because they were being used in other areas of the store. When you are surrounded by customers wanting to make purchases and get refunds, answering a constantly ringing 2 line phone, handling vendors, stocking and doing write offs and are told not to use hour designated help its no wonder money ends up being misplaced. They always understood before which is why they hadn't written me up but after my boyfriend totalled our car and broke his neck, and after I tore a muscle in my back my attendance became an issue. Seemed they were out to get me after that.
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# Jessica 2017-08-17 12:21
I haven't been paid 3 different times my driver compensation. I'm a delivery driver for pizza hut. Their drawer was short, therefore they did not pay me my driver mileage/compensation. What is my recourse?
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