The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced Oct. 21 that beginning Oct. 26, individuals receiving or applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) must supply weekly records of their work search activity to qualify for benefits.
People filing for regular UI benefits have always had to answer questions about their availability to work and whether or not they searched for work. However, now the MDES Online UI System will require recipients to list three job search activities each week.
MDES will then verify the job searches with the employers listed in the weekly work search reports. If an employer cannot verify a claimant’s job search report, MDES will deny unemployment benefits to that person.
“Unemployment benefits are intended to help the unemployed while they look for jobs,” explains Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director. “We want Mississippians to return to work as soon as possible, and this new requirement ensures they are making every effort to find a new job or a better job sooner rather than later.”
MDES has notified individuals currently receiving UI benefits about the change and has outlined the requirements for work search. New claimants will receive this information when they apply for benefits.
For more information about MDES programs and services, visit mdes.ms.gov.