The Basics of the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation Program (MEUC) in Missouri.
The Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation Program (MEUC), also known as the MEUC program, is a program created by Congress as part of the Federal Continued Assistance for Unemployment Workers Act of 2020. It is designed to provide benefits to mixed income workers in Missouri.
Who is Eligible for MEUC Benefits in Missouri?
To qualify for MEUC benefits in Missouri, you must meet the following requirements:
- Earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income in the most recent taxable year prior to your application for regular unemployment benefits.
- Receiving benefits from one of the following types of claims: regular unemployment, pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC), shared work, or trade readjustment allowances (TRA).
- Eligible for at least $1 of regular unemployment, PEUC, shared work, or TRA benefits for the same week you are applying for MEUC benefits.
- Submit documentation proving that you earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income during the taxable year prior to filing your regular unemployment benefits.
How to File a MEUC Claim in Missouri
The fastest way to file a MEUC claim is by going online to uinteract.labor.mo.gov. If you don’t have an account, you can create one by clicking on the “Don’t have an account? Create one” link on the login screen.
After logging in, go to the unemployment claim tab at the top of the page and select “File MEUC.”
On the file MEUC claim screen, answer the questions about your self-employment income and upload the required documentation if available.
If you don’t have your documentation ready, you can still file the MEUC claim application, but your claim cannot be completed until the documentation is provided. You must submit the documents within 15 days of filing the MEUC claim application.
Once your MEUC claim application is submitted, you will receive confirmation. Continue filing your weekly request for payment for each week you wish to request unemployment benefits. Make sure to answer all the questions accurately, including reporting any earnings from work during the week.
Additional Resources and Assistance
If you have any additional questions, you can visit labor.mo.gov and click on “Unemployed Workers” to access frequently asked questions. The websites labor.mo.gov and uinteract.labor.mo.gov also offer a virtual assistant and helpful videos.
If you are unable to find the information you need online, you can contact one of the four regional claims centers using the provided contact numbers.
- Jefferson City: 573-751-9040
- Kansas City: 816-893-1010
- Springfield: 417-895-651
- St. Louis: 314-404-950
- Outside local area: 800-320-2519