Can I work part-time and receive benefits?

You may receive some UI benefits for a week if you work less than full time. You must continue to look for and be able to work. You must report your gross wages (wages before deductions) earned each week and not just take home pay.  To report your earnings for the week, simply add the total hours you worked Sunday through Saturday for the week for which you are requesting payment and multiply your total hours worked by your hourly rate of pay.  For example if you worked a total of 12 hours at a rate of $8.50 per hour, you would report $102 in earnings for the week (12 hours x $8.50/hour = $102).

The benefits paid when working less than full time will be reduced. To calculate your partial unemployment benefits, take your weekly wages and subtract $20 or 20 percent of your weekly benefit amount (WBA), whichever is greater. That amount is your deduction, which will be subtracted from your WBA and rounded down to an even dollar amount. See example below. Any withholding for federal taxes, etc., is taken from this amount. 

Check out the DES online partial benefit calculator.

Example:  
Weekly Benefit Amount:
Allowable Wages: $279.00 x 20%=
$279.00
$55.80
 
Wages for the Week (Rounded up to the next whole dollar)
Minus Allowable Wages of $20 or 20%
Wages to be Deducted from Your Weekly Benefit Amount
Pay Amount for the Week: $279.00 WBA - $46.20 =
Pay Amount to You (Rounded down to the next lower dollar):
$102.00
-   55.80
  $46.20
$232.80
$232.00

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. 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?

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