Small Business Thanks Governor for Ending Federal Unemployment Participation in Missouri

Date: May 12, 2021

Today’s Latest NFIB Survey Shows Job Openings at Record Highs


NFIB, or the National Federation of Independent Business here in Missouri, thanks Governor Mike Parson for his announcement that the State of Missouri will end its participation in the federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits on June 12. The Governor cited what small business owners across the state are struggling with: a severe lack of qualified workers. In fact, NFIB’s latest survey, out today, shows that job openings are at record highs.


“Thanks to the governor’s actions, small business owners will now get some much-needed help with a growing issue,” said Brad Jones, NFIB State Director in Missouri. “The numbers are clear: nearly half of Missouri’s small business owners are struggling to fill open positions. Haven’t they suffered enough from the economic and global pandemic? In order to get Missouri back up and running, we need our small business owners to grow. They can’t do that without workers. Today’s actions by the governor will get people off the sidelines and back to work.”


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose to 99.8 in April, an increase of 1.6 points from March. The Optimism Index has increased 4.8 points over the past three months since January but a record 44% of owners reported job openings they could not be filled. You can find the full report here.



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