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Unemployment Insurance: Missouri

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Autumn G. Long and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Missouri Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. The Missouri unemployment tax is used only for the payment of regular benefits to qualified unemployed workers. See Missouri Unemployment Insurance.
  • Missouri unemployment insurance is provided under the Missouri Employment Security Law. Most employers are subject to the Missouri Employment Security Law. See Missouri Unemployment Insurance
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 20 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Missouri offers the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program.