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Feb. 13, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | By: Campbell
Senate lawmakers are debating legislation that would tie the number of weeks unemployed Missourians can receive benefits to the unemployment insurance rate.
The legislation is designed to protect employers who pay into the unemployment benefits, as well as unemployed workers who depend on the funds.
Vice President of Communications for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Karen Buschmann, says this legislation ensures unemployment benefits will be available.
Buschmann adds this new legislation could be key in recovering from the recession.
Prior to the recession, the average number of benefit weeks was 15.
Under the new legislation, 15 weeks of benefits would only be available if the average unemployment rate was between 6.5 and 7 percent.