State and Regional News

Approximately 95 percent of stats’s unemployed workers now file online, saving more than $60,000

To improve the performance and the integrity of the unemployment insurance (UI) program while reducing operating costs, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Division of Employment Security (DES) recently removed the option to file initial unemployment claims and weekly requests for payment via its Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system, which resulted in the DES realizing an initial savings of over $60,000 per year in software licensing.

Year in Review: Governor highlights 2019 successes

As 2019 comes to a close, Governor Mike Parson highlights the state’s many successes and accomplishments over the past year.
“From economic and workforce development to rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, 2019 has been an exciting year for Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “We've had some big wins worth celebrating and have shown what major progress we can make by working together for the people of Missouri. We are proud of all that we’ve accomplished in 2019 and look forward to another successful year in 2020.”

WIC continues to improve the health of Missouri’s women, infants and children

    Every month, over 100,000 Missourians participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. The program provides nutrition information, breastfeeding support and nutritious foods to pregnant women, infants and children up to five years of age.

State of Missouri $33.5 million grant to improve early learning

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the State of Missouri has received a $33.5 million grant aimed at coordinating a more effective, high-quality early learning system that better prepares Missouri children for success.