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Lost Wage Assistance Benefit Payments To Go To Unemployed Missouri Workers In Coming Days

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The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says it’s working to issue Lost Wage Assistance benefit payments to unemployed workers.  Payments could go out later this week.

According to a news release, Missouri was granted initial federal funding for the LWA program and will pay eligible recipients an additional $300 per week retroactively to the week ending August 1, 2020.

Those eligible to receive at least $100 in unemployment benefits per week are able to receive an LWA benefit payment.  They must also self-certify that they are unemployed or partially employed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The LWA is funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration Disaster Relief Fund.

For details, labor.mo.gov/coronavirus.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.