Missouri relaxes jobless benefits rule in flood zone

Friday, May 6, 2011 | 7:17 a.m. CDT; updated 9:43 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 6, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's labor department is relaxing one of its rules for people who live in the state's southeaster flood zone and receive unemployment benefits.

The department says it will suspend the requirement that people check in at career centers every four weeks as a condition of receiving jobless benefits. The suspension applies only in Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Stoddard, Scott and Wayne counties.

The department says it will relax this requirement because of hazardous or difficult travel conditions in the flooded areas.

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