This Week's Unemployment FAQ

Data and Statistics

For the Month of January 2014

Unemployment Rate - 6.0%
Initial Unemployment Claims Filed - 43,307

Unemployment Demographics

More About the Division of Employment Security

The Division of Employment Security collects tax contributions from employers and pays unemployment benefits to individuals who are determined eligible under the law. State unemployment contributions paid by Missouri employers into the Missouri Trust Fund are set aside for the sole purpose of providing for the payment of weekly unemployment benefits to qualified claimants. The unemployment benefits paid to insured workers help to maintain the economy of the state during periods of economic downturn by helping preserve the level of consumer purchasing power.

To learn more about the Division of Division of Employment Security, visit our about page. You may also contact the division directly.