Help Available for Laid Off Workers

If you had to lay off full- or part-time employees or were laid off yourself due to the pandemic, a number of resources are available to help pay the bills.

Unemployment Benefits

People who lose a job through no fault of their own, are unable to work due to a natural disaster or quit for good cause related to the work or the employer, 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 benefitsApplicants must also register at

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.

You can also find out more with these COVID-19 FAQs for Businesses and Workers.

View this video for information about filing a claim:

Claims Centers

Jefferson City: 573-751-9040
Kansas City: 816-889-3101
St. Louis: 314-340-4950
Springfield: 417-895-6851
Outside Local Calling Area: 800-320-2519
Fax Number: 573-751-9730

Other Resources

A number of food pantries are available in the Springfield area along with other programs to help pay for utilities, rent and more.



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