Missouri Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, MO unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Missouri unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, MO unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the MO unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Missouri unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 800-320-2519 Missouri Division of Employment Security Office Missouri Unemployment Website

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# Dawn 2011-12-29 14:01
I have worked at a tax prep office for the past 2 years. It is only seasonal from January though & including April, with occasional days throughout the rest of the year. I never filed for unemployment and was now told I could have. I am not working now and want to know if this is still available and what would be my next step.
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# Aaron 2012-07-17 10:57
I have worked from home (remotely) for the last year for a medical company based out of Kentucky and I live in Missouri. They informed me that they have eliminated my position so that it can be moved in house to The Kentucky office. They offeredme the position if I move to Kentucky but for less pay. Am I eligible for unemployment? How much? Thank you!!
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# Shirley 2012-08-16 11:06
My spouse is unable to work due to cancer but is actually still employed but not receiving sick pay or any other benefits. Can he file for disability unemployment or ?????? Until, or if, he is able to return to work?
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# Jackie 2012-08-30 00:16
Can I receive benefits when I'm on an approved FMLA?
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# Kamay 2012-11-19 22:16
Can you get unemployment in Missouri if you put in your 2 weeks notice?
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