May 11th, 2021
Governor Reeves announced Monday that Mississippi will be opting out of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program by June 12, 2021. He made the announcement on his social media pages. You can read his statement below:
“The purpose of unemployment benefits is to temporarily assist Mississippians who are unemployed through no fault of their own. After many conversations over the last several weeks with Mississippi small business owners and their employees, it has become clear that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and other like programs passed by the Congress may have been necessary in May of last year but are no longer so in May of this year.
Therefore, I have informed the Department of Employment Security to direct the Biden Administration that Mississippi will be opting out of the additional federal unemployment benefits as early as federal law allows – June 12, 2021. It has become clear to me that we cannot have a full economic recovery until we get the thousands of available jobs in our state filled. I have also directed MDES to prioritize pre-pandemic enforcement of all eligibility requirements for any individual to receive unemployment benefits under state law. Mississippi is open for business!” – Governor Reeves
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is offering assistance with reporting Refusals to Work. To read their flyer, click HERE.