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Missouri Begins Issuing Extended Unemployment Benefits

Since Congress voted to extend unemployment benefits, the Missouri Department of Labor is working to get Missourians the benefits they are eligible for. In fact, the state has been issuing payments since Tuesday of last week. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The Missouri Department of Labor has identified 55,000 Missourians whose benefits have expired and who are eligible to receive extended benefits. On Thursday of last week, the department says it received 125,000 calls about receiving these benefit extensions. Many people were not able to get through. The department encourages them to call back until they can get in touch with someone about working out their benefits.

Amy Susan with the Department of Labor says they are working to get the money to all eligible people within 3 to 5 weeks. She says instructions on how to get the benefits are available online.

“There’s a big box that says applying for unemployment extensions, they can click that and get a sneak peak at the mailer that I will be sending out to individuals that do not have internet access. We’ll be sending that out late Tuesday evening. It should arrive in their mailboxes either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday depending on where they live,” Susan said.

She says anyone with questions can also find resources on the podcast the department released on Friday, as well as the department’s facebook and twitter pages.

More information about receiving the benefits can be found at www.labor.mo.gov

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.