Missouri Department of Labor to give extra $300 per week of unemployment benefits

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MISSOURI — Missouri’s Labor Department says it will start handing out an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits as soon as this week.

The money comes from federal grants.

People out of work were getting an $600 a week from the federal government up until the end of July.

Congress hasn’t passed a bill to renew those benefits yet, so President Donald Trump signed an executive order this month to chip in at least another $300 a week.

Missouri will use some of its federal grant to retroactively pay back unemployed workers who stopped getting the extra federal money in July.

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