Do I need to search for work?

To be eligible for unemployment benefits you are required to complete at least 3 work search activities each week, unless directed otherwise by the Division. 

A work search activity is an attempt made to obtain employment or to resume work.  Any part-time work performed during the week also satisfies the completion of a work search activity on a per day basis.  For each week you make a Weekly Request for Payment of Unemployment Insurance benefits, you are required to complete three work search activities unless you are in approved training, have a definite recall date from an employer or are part of a Shared Work Program. 

Make sure your work search activity record is up to date in You may enter your work search activities during the week or when filing your Weekly Request for Payment.  After logging in, select Weekly Request for Payment and then select Enter Work Search Details. Click the Save button after each work search activity is entered. Failure to complete 3 work search activities may result in the denial of benefits. You may update your work searches anytime throughout the week, but you will still need to file your Weekly Request for Payment after the week has ended in order to receive benefits for the week.

Examples of Acceptable Work Search Activities:

Work search activities can be completed in various ways.  Some examples of valid work search activities include, but are not limited to

  • Part-time employment performed during the week credited on a per day basis. (Ex. – An individual works on Tuesday and Thursday of the week will be credited as having completed two work search activities).
    • Earnings from any employment during the week must be reported when a Weekly Request for Payment is made.

  • Missouri Job Center Assisted:
    • Accessing and searching for work on
    • Participating in a Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) appointment
    • Responding to a Missouri Job Center work referral
    • Participating in a Missouri Job Center workshop

  • In-person: 
    • Submitting a paper application for employment
    • Visiting employer(s) about job openings
    • Attending job interview(s)
    • Attending Job Fair(s)
    • Following up with employer(s) about job openings

  • Online: 
    • Employer Website (Completing web-application)
    • Virtual job interviews
    • Creating a personal user profile on web-based networking and job posting Sites (Ex. - Monster, Craig’s List, LinkedIn, Indeed)
    • Creating a reemployment plan
    • Creating a resume
    • Participating in online training during the week credited on a per day basis. (Ex. - An individual attends training on Tuesday and Thursday of the week will be credited as having completed two work search activities). 

 Union Member with a Hiring Hall:

If you are a union member with a hiring or referral hall, contacting your hall 3 times during the week or participating in union sponsored training is acceptable.

 Self-Employed (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Claims only):

Self-employed individuals may satisfy the work search activity requirement by any of the methods described above to include recording any days worked during the week. Additionally, the self-employed may satisfy work search activities by performing such activities that aid them in their return to work in self-employment. Examples may include but are not limited to: 

  • Client Contacts
  • Advertising
  • Contract application including submitting bids or proposals
  • Attending training

Unemployed Workers

  1. When will I receive benefits?
  2. How do I make my weekly request for payment?
  3. What are my appeal rights?
  4. When and how do I file an unemployment claim?
  5. Do I have to report in person?
  6. What is a waiting week?
  7. How is eligibility determined?
  8. I made a mistake when I filed my claim for unemployment benefits. How can I correct this?
  9. I forgot my user ID and/or password for signing into my account. How do I reset this information?
  10. How are my benefits figured?
  11. Can I use wages I earned in another state, the military, or the federal government?
  12. How do I change my contact information?
  13. Are there extended unemployment compensation benefits available?
  14. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while I am receiving severance pay?
  15. How can I get information about my claim?
  16. What do I do after starting a claim?
  17. Do I need to search for work?
  18. What do I do if I go back to work?
  19. How do I renew my claim?
  20. Can I work part-time and receive benefits?
  21. What happens when I file a new claim?
  22. What is an overpayment?
  23. What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?
  24. Can benefits be denied?
  25. Are my benefits taxable?
  26. What happens if I am overpaid?
  27. Will other income reduce my benefits?
  28. Is vacation, holiday, or WARN pay reportable?
  29. Will I be charged fees when I use my Missouri Access MasterCard®?
  30. How are benefits paid?
  31. What if I am discharged?
  32. Who can I call with questions about my unemployment claim?
  33. How does moving out of Missouri affect my unemployment benefits?
  34. What if my name changes?
  35. Will the employer be notified when a claim is filed?
  36. How can I get help finding a new job?
  37. Can volunteer activities affect my unemployment benefits?
  38. What if I try a new job, but it just doesn't work out?
  39. What is a benefit claim?
  40. How can I obtain an unemployment verification letter?
  41. What is a form 1099-G?
  42. Why did I receive a postcard about Form 1099-G?
  43. What is included in my Form 1099-G from DES?
  44. How can I get a copy of the Form 1099-G?
  45. What should I do with my Form 1099-G amount? Do I need to pay the amount shown?
  46. What do I do if I believe my Form 1099-G is not correct?
  47. Can I access my Form 1099-G from prior tax years on UInteract?
  48. Why are Federal benefits (PUA, PEUC, FPUC, LWA) included in my Form 1099-G?
  49. What if my unemployment benefits were applied to a prior overpayment?

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