missouri chamber of commerce and industry http://kbia.org en State businesses paying more for jobless benefits http://kbia.org/post/state-businesses-paying-more-jobless-benefits <p></p><p>Missouri&nbsp;businesses will pay higher unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down a state debt to the federal government.</p><p>Missouri&nbsp;began borrowing from the federal government in 2008 to pay jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund. That debt has remained outstanding for several years.</p><p>Businesses are paying a surcharge of $42 per employee this year to help pay down that debt. The&nbsp;Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says businesses will have to pay $63 per employee in 2014.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:03:30 +0000 Associated Press 44252 at http://kbia.org State businesses paying more for jobless benefits Mo. minimum wage to rise to $7.35 an hour in 2013 http://kbia.org/post/mo-minimum-wage-rise-735-hour-2013 <p>Missouri's minimum wage will rise by a dime to $7.35 an hour in 2013.</p><p>For the past several years, Missouri has followed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That's because the federal rate was equal to or greater than the state's minimum, which is adjusted annually based on the cost of living.</p><p>But inflation has now pushed Missouri's minimum wage above the federal standard. The new wage is posted on the website of the state labor department.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:28:16 +0000 Associated Press 24493 at http://kbia.org Mo. minimum wage to rise to $7.35 an hour in 2013