employment security http://kbia.org en Former Mo. lawmaker tapped for labor agency post http://kbia.org/post/former-mo-lawmaker-tapped-labor-agency-post <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former state lawmaker as acting director of the agency responsible for collecting unemployment insurance taxes and paying jobless benefits.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Wednesday that Nixon has named Ken Jacob to head the state Labor Department's Division of Employment Security.</p><p>Jacob, a Democrat from Columbia, will serve as acting director in place of Gracia Backer, who left the position without a public explanation. A permanent nomination requires Senate confirmation.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:02:14 +0000 Associated Press 31126 at http://kbia.org Former Mo. lawmaker tapped for labor agency post