Contact 2: Unemployment benefits for self-employed, gig workers in Missouri

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — We know filing unemployment claims has been a hassle for a lot of people. It’s proven to be a unique challenge for the self-employed and gig workers in the state of Missouri. Those workers aren’t covered under the state’s regular unemployment insurance system. If they filed prior to this week, they got claim denial notices because they’re not insured, workers.

This week, the state’s pandemic unemployment assistance program went live. To be eligible for a PUA claim, you must first file a regular unemployment claim and be found ineligible.

Those who qualify for the PUA program will be eligible for weekly benefit payments of between $133 and $320 per week, plus a $600 federal supplement.

Follow these instructions to apply for the program.

Contact 2 has resolved consumer complaints totaling millions of dollars over the years. Those cases have not only brought peace of mind to the consumers who asked Contact 2 for help, but also shed light on allegations of deception and wrongdoing levied against businesses, contractors and government agencies.

Our team focuses on gathering the facts about what happened. The process involves seeking out both sides of the story. It’s not always what consumers want to hear, but we have an obligation to be fair to the entity accused of causing the problem. Working to clearly understand the details is an important part of the job. Sometimes these cases can be resolved quickly. Other times, Contact 2 will spend weeks or months getting to the bottom of the problem. We appreciate the patience of those who’ve asked us to help them.

While dealing with the complaints of individual consumers is a big part of the job for Contact 2, we’re also dedicated to informing consumers of the latest scams, rip-offs and fraud schemes. Technology has made it easier than ever for criminals to target consumers. Contact 2 monitors reports of this activity around the world to help arm the public with tools to protect their personal information and hard- earned money. We share that information with consumers on-air and online.

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