Missouri's extended jobless benefits program ends

Monday, April 9, 2012 | 4:08 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri labor officials said an estimated 9,000 unemployed workers will no longer receive extended benefits because the state's jobless rate has declined.

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said the cutoff took effect Saturday.

The extended benefits program provides payments to unemployed workers whose state and federal benefits have been exhausted.

Missouri's unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent in February. That was the lowest rate in 38 months, down from a peak of 9.7 percent in August 2009.

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David Sautner April 9, 2012 | 4:45 p.m.

I don't get it. Why would they decide to cut unemployment benefits just because the unemployment rate went down, sort of?

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David Sautner April 9, 2012 | 4:47 p.m.

I mean the reason WHY the unemployment rate went down was BECAUSE people were receiving unemployment benefits... duh???

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Jimmy Bearfield April 9, 2012 | 7:31 p.m.

@David: Why would unemployment benefits cause the unemployment rate to decline?

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