File for Unemployment Benefits

If you recently lost your job through no fault of your own, are unable to work due to a natural disaster or quit for good cause related to the work or the employer, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Eligible claimants may receive up to 20 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits through the state.Before applying, check to see if you qualify for unemployment benefits.

Applicants must also register at Jobs.mo.gov.

How to file a claim

Check claim status

Use your PIN to securely check the status of your claim.

Check your debit card balance

Check your Missouri Access Master Card ® Debit Card balance.

Benefit calculators

Use these calculators to estimate the unemployment benefits for which you may be eligible.

Benefit calculator

Estimate the unemployment benefits available for full-time workers.

Partial benefit calculator

Estimate the unemployment benefits available for part-time workers.

Unemployment benefits for military spouses

Missourians who leave their job and relocate to be with a spouse active in the military can file for unemployment benefits for up to 20 weeks. If you are a military spouse and filing online, click on the box “Quit-Resigned” as the reason for separation from your employer.


A claimant, an employer, or a licensed attorney can file an appeal following unemployment benefits determination. The appeal process includes a hearing with the an Appeals Tribunal in which both parties have a chance to argue their case and present their evidence. File an appeal.

Shared Work Program

The Shared Work Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of a layoff.

Employment Transition Team

The Employment Transition Team provides businesses and workers experiencing layoffs or closures assistance and services. There is no charge for these programs and services, either to the companies or workers who use them.