While initial jobless claims and unemployment rates throughout the region declined in May, joblessness remained near historical highs. Since the pandemic hit the economy in March, more than 4,700 people in Crawford and Phelps counties have filed for unemployment.
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The warmer weather and eased pandemic restrictions have more Missourian’s on the roadways. Whether in a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert – safety is a two-way street.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has not responded to Missouri’s request to continue to waive required interviews for Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for new applicants and recipients undergoing recertification.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Mental Health was awarded a $2.27 million Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
As Missouri continues to reopen under the Show Me Strong Recovery effort and businesses resume operation, the Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) announces the return of unemployment requirements.
Work Search Activities Resume
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- Additional benefit announced for businesses participating in the Shared Work Program
- Release of $15 million to Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program doubles summer benefit amount to help more Missourians during Phase 2 of Recovery Plan
- Missouri resumes Food Stamp/SNAP recertification requirement July 1
- Missouri Constitution quiz is now available online for adults, students