About ten-thousand Missourians have run out of employment benefits in the last month – even with a 13-week extension of their eligibility. Missouri can’t give them 13 weeks more. Missouri provides unemployment insurance payments for 26 weeks – six months. Because the terrorist attacks last September sent the economy into a dive, Congress enacted a bill funding another 13 weeks of unemployment benefits. Ten-thousand Missourians reached the end of the 39 weeks of benefits last month. The head of the Unemployment Insurance program for the state, DougKaylor, says it should have been no surprise for those people when their benefits ran out. Congress does allow states to have still another 13 weeks of benefits if their insured unemployment rate is high enough. But Missouri’s rate is about two percent under that required figure, meaning those still jobless after 39 weeks are not without benefits.
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