For those looking for a job tight now, it likely comes as no surprise that finding suitable work can be extraordinarily difficult. In fact, a recent Harris poll1 conducted on behalf of Express Employment Professionals indicates that 40 percent of unemployment people have actually given up looking for work. While a fruitless job search may tempt even then most tenacious job-seeker to throw in the towel, not looking for work can result in the termination of your unemployment benefits. For this reason, it is important for anyone collecting unemployment benefits to continue to look for work during the period that they are seeking benefits and document their efforts.
The Division of Employment Security (DES) Provides the Unemployed with Resources
When a person files for unemployment benefits or renews a claim, the Division of Employment Security2 (DES) will instruct him or her to contact a certain number of employers each week. It is important for claimants to keep a written record of their work search efforts, as not contacting the required number of potential employers could result in the denial of benefits. Fortunately for job seekers, the agency allows claimants to contact employers by phone, online or in person, making meeting DES requirements relatively easy.
For many people who have recently become unemployed, their unemployment benefits are their only source of income and can be the only way they are able to cover the costs associated with their basic needs, including the following:
- Rent or mortgage payments
- Car payments
Contact an unemployment lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
If you are worried that you may be facing the loss of your unemployment benefits due to an alleged failure to look for a job or any other reason, you should talk to a lawyer immediately. Kenneth P. Carp is a skilled St. Louis unemployment attorney who is committed to helping both employees and employers with issues related to unemployment law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 636-947-3600 or send us an email through our online contact form.