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Politics
5:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Lawmakers pass bill limiting jobless benefits

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would link the duration of jobless benefits to the state's unemployment rate.

Workers who lose their jobs currently can collect unemployment benefits for 20 weeks. Under the bill, 20 weeks of benefits would be available if the state's average unemployment rate is at least 9 percent.

The maximum duration of jobless benefits would decrease one week for each one-half percentage point drop in the unemployment rate. The minimum duration would be 13 weeks when the jobless rate is less than 6 percent.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit

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  Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could make it harder for people to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for repeated absences or other alleged misconduct.

The House passed the bill Tuesday by a 107-45 vote. Because it already had cleared the Senate, the measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Business
8:09 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Mo. payrolls, unemployment rates climb in March

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Missouri's unemployment rate increased in March, though the size of payrolls also grew.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bill would shorten time to collect unemployment when state's rate is low

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Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to legislation that would tie the amount of weeks a person can receive unemployment insurance to the state's jobless rate.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Senate approves bill changing unemployment benefits

The legislation would change the definition of misconduct and how some Missouri workers collect unemployment benefits from the state.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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Business
4:19 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri adds jobs while jobless rate remains steady

With the number of unemployed Missourians unchanged, the state added over 1,000 net jobs in January.
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Missouri payrolls grew in January while the state's unemployment remained unchanged at 6 percent.

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Business
8:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Nixon says Mo. to pay off unemployment debt early

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri employers could save $186 million in federal taxes after a revised projection indicates money borrowed to pay jobless benefits will be repaid early.

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Business
3:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report shows declines in Mo. unemployment rate

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Newly released figures show Missouri's unemployment rate declined in September and October and now stands at 6.5 percent.

The state Department of Economic Development released employment figures Tuesday. The two months were combined in the same report because of the partial federal government shutdown in October.

Payrolls in September declined by 5,500 jobs, including a drop of 3,700 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector. Trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,300 jobs.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Nixon to decide on unemployment measure

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Legislation awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon seeks to comply with federal mandates for Missouri's unemployment benefits system.

The measure also could make it more difficult for workers to receive jobless benefits if they are let go after an unapproved absence or if they knowingly violate a company rule.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate declines in April

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For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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Politics
1:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Make It Easier For Unemployed Workers To Go Back To School

Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 6:45 pm

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has introduced a new bill that's meant to make it easier for unemployed workers to go back to school. 

Davis said currently unemployed workers risk losing their unemployment benefits if they go to a university or community college to retrain for a new career.

To help close the loophole, Davis said the new bill, called the Opportunity KNOCKS Act, would expand the definition of what constitutes a training program.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Career Center closure in Moberly could give unemployed more challenges

Clients of the Career Center in Moberly, Mo. may have to travel as far as Columbia to receive services if the center closes as planned.
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Clients of the Career Center in Moberly, Mo. may have to travel as far as Columbia to meet their unemployment needs if the center closes as scheduled later this month.

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Politics
8:24 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. sees little change in unemployment in February

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Missouri's unemployment rate inched up slightly in February although the state also posted gains in the number of jobs.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development show Missouri's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent last month, up one-tenth of a percentage point from January.

Seasonally adjusted, nonfarm payroll rose by 3,900 jobs in February, with gains in the construction industry offset partially by loses in food services.

PM Newscasts
5:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Newscast for December 18, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Continued growth forecast for Missouri revenues
  • Missouri unemployment rate hits 49-month low, but there's s catch
  • City Council to consider suspending demolition permits in downtown Columbia
  • After precautionary lockdown, CPS reports students and staff safe
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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Missouri unemployment rate hits 49-month low, but there's a catch

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Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 6:11 am

Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.

November’s jobless rate is at 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in October.  At the same time, though, the state lost 6,800 non-farm jobs last month.  John Fougere is with the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

“There’ll be blips from time to time, but we never focus on any one month of data when it comes to the number of jobs gained or lost, but instead the overall trend," Fougere said.  "Right now the overall trend of Missouri’s economy appears to be positive.”

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Business Beat
3:35 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Drought-resistant corn tested; unemployment in women, minorities

Corn is facing a tough test during this summer's drought, but a hybrid strain could help production output during waterless times.
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Growing across the Midwest is a strain of hybrid corn that should perform well under the driest conditions. Harvest Public Media’s Rick Fredericksen says this summer’s parched farmland is providing an ideal test.

PM Newscasts
6:46 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Newscast for May 15, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Business
5:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri unemployment numbers dip slightly in April

Unemployment numbers in Missouri decreased to 7.3 percent in April.
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Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Politics
6:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Supporters of USPS rally in Columbia

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About 20 supporters of the post office rallied in downtown Columbia Thursday.  Gathering outside Senator Claire McCaskill's office, supporters held banners and flyers opposing Senate bill 1789, which would cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service. They say a cut from 6 days to 5 days in service will slow down many deliveries. Eale Breedlove, a 30 year veteran of the postal service, says it could also put many veterans out of a job.

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Business
11:08 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Unemployment decrease leads to end of benefits program

A decrease in jobless claims has led to the end of a Missouri extended benefits program.
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A decrease in the percent of Missourians who are unemployed has led to the cancellation of the extended benefits unemployment program.

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Business
5:07 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Some Missourians lose unemployment benefit

Missourians are no longer eligible for the Extended Benefit (EB) unemployment program because the States unemployment rate has dropped.

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Business
4:47 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

1,500 veterans hired through new program

The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is making inroads in changing that.

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Business
10:54 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri January unemployment numbers dip

Unemployment numbers in Missouri fell to 7.5% in January
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Missouri ‘s unemployment rate fell by half a point to 7.5 percent in January - the lowest level in over 3 years, according to the latest state report.

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AM Newscasts
9:19 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Newscast for March 1, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon's has pumped millions into higher education.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • More coverage of storms in southern Missouri.
  • Missouri unemployment rate falls.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon releases millions for K-12 budget.
Business
6:17 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Business Beat: August 31, 2011

The Missouri Theatre
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

This week: more on the impact of the University of Missouri’s agreement with the Missouri Theatre. Plus, young adults are having a hard time finding work.

Hosted by Nick Adams.

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