Today’s update discusses the skyrocketing unemployment claims in the State of Missouri while touching on the federal government’s plan to increase unemployment funds in each state. Additionally, there is an update on yet another county within the state which has issued a stay-at-home order effective today.
- Like many states, the Missouri economy is suffering. Missouri has had a 56% increase in unemployment claims since the stay-at-home orders in the state’s largest metro areas went into effect on March 27. The flood of filings has caused the wait time to file a claim to last days. Although the relief package that Congress and President Trump approved last week is planning to add $600 a week onto each state’s unemployment payouts, Missouri has announced they are awaiting federal guidance before the benefit can be added. For more information, visit https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/missouri-unemployment-claims-more-than-double-as-stay-home-orders-take-hold/article_ee429789-53a8-5f55-966a-c0e245d15335.html.
- Francois County has joined several other Missouri counties as they have issued a stay-at-home order beginning April 3, 2020. St. Francois will join the list of over 20 (out of 114) counties in the state that have implemented similar orders. The stated intent of the order is to maximize the number of people who stay at home and slow the spread of COVID-19 while protecting the local jobs and economy. To read the order, visit https://www.mymoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Stay-at-home-order-3_30_2020.pdf.
HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.