COVID-19 & Missouri’s Work Search Requirements

By July 6, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

Missouri’s work search activity requirement was previously lifted for those that had filed a COVID-related unemployment claim. However, the state notes that unemployed workers who wish to continue to receive unemployment benefits will be required to meet work search requirements once again beginning the week of July 5-11, 2020. Work searches are required for programs including regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Extended Benefits (EB), and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

The state defines a work search activity as an attempt made to obtain employment or to resume work. Unemployed workers must have three work search activities for each week they request payment unless they are in approved training, have a definite recall date from an employer, or are part of a Shared Work Program. Unemployed workers should make sure their work searches are up to date on their online account at Also, unemployed workers can enter their work searches during the week or when filing their Weekly Request for Payment. Failure to complete three work searches may result in benefit termination.

Work search activities include, but are not limited to, accessing and searching for work on MOJobs, participating in a Missouri Job Center workshop, attending a job interview or job fair as well as completing online applications. Work search activities for those individuals who are self-employed and on the PUA program may call on clients, submit bids or proposals, or attend training. Please visit To sign up for the online Coursera classes, unemployed workers need to have an account in the MoJobs system. Unemployed workers can create a login at MoJobs users will have access to a link within the site to receive an invitation from Coursera. The process should only take two business days to register. Unemployed workers must be registered within Coursera by September 30, 2020, to take advantage of this offer. Courses need to be completed by December 31, 2020, in order to receive the credential or certificate at no cost. Also, job centers will two virtual job fairs on July 22, 2020 and August 5, 2020. To sign up, please visit at


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.



Mike Parker

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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