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All pandemic federal unemployment benefits set to expire Saturday in Missouri

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 8:58 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -

Federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic will expire on Saturday (June 12) in Missouri. Governor Mike Parson announced the news in May in an attempt to push people back to work and address labor shortages. Parson said business owners in Missouri are struggling to fill jobs as the economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The termination applies to the following programs:

· Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

· Emergency Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Nonprofit Organizations;

· Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation;

· Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation;

· 100 Percent Reimbursement of Short-Time Compensation Benefit Costs Paid Under State Law; and

· Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation.

Russell Cellular has their headquarters in Springfield. The business has been short staffed for months. The company hopes by ending the benefits, which will fill jobs.

“I definitely think it is opening up the candidate pool a little bit,” said Jason Kapperman with Russell Cellular. “It is allowing us to see more applicants, have more interviews and ultimately hire more people.”

75 job seekers showed up for a job fair at The Missouri Career Center on Wednesday, which is the most job seekers the center has seen in a year.

Angela Bizcar of Springfield claimed unemployment at the beginning of the pandemic but agrees the federal benefits should expire to get local businesses up and running with a full staff.

“I stopped getting the unemployment but it was good while I had it,” said Bizcar. “I get it for people that would actually help. There is able bodied people that are taking advantage of getting these funds and not wanting to work. I do vouch for the ones that can’t work.”

The federal benefits will expire in Arkansas on June 26.

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