Mississippi governor opts state out of additional federal unemployment benefits

MISSISSIPPI — If you collect an additional $300 with your unemployment benefits and you live in Mississippi, the opportunity for more cash will be ending soon.

According to Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, it’s clear to him that “we cannot have a full economic recovery until we get the thousands of available jobs in our state filled.”

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Reeves told the Department of Employment and Security that the state will opt out on June 12.

The governor said the extra benefits were necessary last year but it isn’t needed any longer in Mississippi.

He also told MDES to return to pre-pandemic eligibility requirements for people to receive unemployment benefits.

Friday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson also announced he’s getting out of the federal program in hopes more people will go back to work.