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Division of Employment Security

About Employment Security

The Division of Employment Security is responsible for the administration of the unemployment insurance benefit and tax program. The Division collects tax contributions from employers and pays unemployment benefits to individuals who are determined eligible under the law.

About the Director

Damon PorterDamon Porter was named as the Director of the Division of Employment Security in January 2015 by Governor Jay Nixon.

As director, Porter oversees the operations of the Division of Employment Security, including the administration of the state’s unemployment insurance program.

Previously, Porter had been the director of the MoBroadbandNow initiative under the Office of Administration since November 2010. MoBroadbandNow was the successful project initiated by Gov. Nixon to expand high-speed Internet access throughout the state to benefit schools, businesses, residences, emergency response agencies and health care facilities. Prior to that, he held various positions within the private sector and within state government.

Porter earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. He is currently a member of the Missouri Bar.

Porter’s appointment will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.



Division of Employment Security
P.O. Box 59
Jefferson City, MO 65104-0059
Phone: 573-751-3215
Fax: 573-751-9730

Claimant's E-mail: [email protected]
Employer's E-mail: [email protected]
Appeals E-mail: [email protected]

Confidential Information Request: 573-526-4464
[email protected]