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Missouri Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Missouri Unemployment Insurance Benefit EligibilityEligibility_Requirements

To be eligible for Missouri unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments, you must:

  • Lose your job through no fault of your own OR quit for good cause related to the work or the employer.
  • Make at least $2,250—at least $1,500 during one of the calendar quarters, and at least $750 during the remainder of the base period—from an insured employer during your base period. (See chart below).
  • AND your total base period wages must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages.
  • OR you must make at least $19,500 during two of the four base period quarters.

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  • If your hours were reduced, you may also be eligible for partial Unemployment Insurance benefits
  • To remain eligible,
    • You must report all wages earned each week, even if you won’t be paid until later. This includes tips, commissions, bonuses, show-up time, military reserve pay, board, and lodging.
    • You must be able and available for work each week. This means you have no illness, injury, or personal circumstances that would keep you from working.
    • Refusing an offer of work may result in denial of Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • If directed, report in person at least once to a Missouri Career Center or other designated office. The Career Centers offer free skills assessments, career readiness certificates, personal job search consultations, and many other helpful services.

Missouri Unemployment Insurance Benefit Amount

Your weekly benefit amount is 4 percent of the average of your two highest quarters during the base period (highest quarter + second highest /2 x 0.04 = WBA). The maximum WBA is $320 read more

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