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State Officials Respond to Assist Branson Workers, Businesses

JEFFERSON CITY – Officials from the Missouri Department of Labor, Department of Insurance and Economic Development, along with the Taney County Business Partnership Development, the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Ozark Workforce Investment Board will hold response sessions to assist workers and businesses in the Branson area that were affected by the tornado and storms on February 29, 2012.

Workers who lost their job as a result of the storms can file unemployment claims onsite at the response sessions. Missouri Housing Development Commission representatives will also be on hand to assist those who have lost their homes. Workers affected by the storm should file an unemployment claim immediately to get the assistance they need until they find full-time work by visiting

Officials with the Division of Workforce Development will also be on hand, along with Career Center business representatives, to provide information on career-assistance services. 

Employers can get information about unemployment contributions, loss of records, layoffs, and be able to request recall dates onsite. Affected businesses with some available work can also sign up with the state’s Shared Work program to avoid higher unemployment contribution rates.

The State Storm Response meetings will be held:

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Location: Hamner Barber Theater
3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO
Times:   10 a.m. – noon
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Employers interested in hiring dislocated workers should call 1-800-877-8698, and select option for dislocated worker. Career Center business representatives are also available.

Currently, state officials are also available at the Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC), located at the Factory Merchants Mall in Branson, to provide assistance to those affected by the Feb. 29 storms.


Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

421 East Dunklin Street, P.O. Box 504, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
Phone: 573-751-7500 Fax: 573-751-6552