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COVID-19 Newsroom

COVID-19 Press Releases

 

August 20, 2020 — Governor Reeves & MDES Launch of Lost Wages Assistance Program for Unemployed Mississippians
Today Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that Mississippi will apply for an additional $300 of benefits a week from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. Read More.

August 6, 2020 —Work Search Requirement Notice
Today, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced the Work Search temporary waiver under the Executive Order No. 1510 will expire as of August 08, 2020. Read More.

August 5, 2020 — Governor Reeves Launches Workforce Training Initiative to Aid Mississippi Workers and Employers Burdened by COVID-19
Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced launch of the ReSkill Mississippi initiative (ReSkillMS) to help ease the economic burden and uncertainty this pandemic has created for our state's workforce.

July 30, 2020 – Some Mississippians May Be Eligible For  Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Today, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that beginning the week of July 27, 2020 notification letters were mailed to claimants who are potentially eligible, instructing them how to file for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. Read More.

July 28, 2020 – Some Mississippians May Be Eligible for the  Extended Benefits Program
Today, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced a listing of qualifying factors to determine eligibility for the Extended Benefits (EB) program, including an explanation on when the Extended Benefits are payable. Read More.

July 2, 2020 – MDES Helps Mississippi Employers ReStart MS
Employers in Mississippi will have help in getting their employees back to work, thanks to a new online reporting system called ReStart MS. Read More.

April 21, 2020 — Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Available for the State of Mississippi
Individuals residing in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of the COVID-19 public health emergency may apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today, April 21, 2020. Read More.

April 10, 2020 — Among the 1st in the Nation to pay claimants Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
For many claimants in Mississippi and the administering agency, Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES): it is a day of celebration!  Today Mississippians eligible under the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program will begin seeing the $600 stimulus funding deposited on either their debit cards or into their bank accounts, announced today by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, April 10, 2020. Read More.


March 20, 2020 --
Mississippi Announces Support for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today that Mississippi workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Read More.


March 13, 2020 -- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) will limit public access to WIN Job Center facilities beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. Read More.

 


 

Media Appearances

 

Money Talks
September 22, 2020 — Mississippi Public Broadcasting
With Jackie Turner, Executive Director and Timothy Rush, Director of Unemployment Insurance from Mississippi Department of Employment Security; As soon as you become unemployed, you may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits… (more.)

 

Extra $300 unemployment payment may be seen as early as next week, says MDES
September 10, 2020 — WLOX
A federal unemployment program will put an extra $300 in the pocket of qualified Mississippians who are out of work beginning next week.

 

2,000 Mississippians have enrolled in the ReSkill Mississippi initiative
September 10, 2020 — WCBI
Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that a milestone of over 2,000 Mississippians have enrolled in the ReSkill Mississippi initiative (ReSkillMS) within the first 30 days of the program.

 

Governor Reeves & MDES launch Lost Wages Assistance Program for unemployed Mississippians
August 20, 2020 — WXXV
Today Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that Mississippi will apply for an additional $300 of benefits a week from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. Once Mississippi’s application is approved, MDES will implement the program and funds will be available within three to four weeks.

 

Unemployment numbers down, available jobs are up
August 20, 2020  — WLOX
Unemployed Mississippians will soon get a temporary boost in benefits through a new program.

 

Mississippi expected to apply for federal unemployment assistance
August 20, 2020 —WJTV
Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced on Thursday that Mississippi will apply for an additional $300 of benefits a week from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.

 

Governor Reeves & MDES launch Lost Wages Assistance Program for unemployed Mississippians
August 20, 2020 —WXXV
Today Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that Mississippi will apply for an additional $300 of benefits a week from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.

 

MDES announces Work Search requirement notice
Aug 6, 2020 – WJTV
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced the Work Search temporary waiver under the Executive Order No. 1510 will expire on August 8, 2020.

 

Governor Reeves announces launch of ReSkill Mississippi Initiative
August 5, 2020  —  Y’all Politics
Today Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that Mississippi will apply for an additional $300 of benefits a week from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. 

 

MDES is trying to get Mississippians back to work
August 4, 2020 — SuperTalk FM
Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) officials Jackie Turner and Timothy Rush joined The JT Show yesterday afternoon to talk about the current state of the agency and how it’s dealing with the massive increase in unemployment numbers.

 

Some unemployment benefits for Mississippians set to expire
July 21, 2020 – WJTV    
Some Mississippians have been receiving unemployment benefits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the additional $600 will go away on Saturday, July 25, unless Congress and President Trump sign an extension.

 

Governor Tate Reeves COVID-19 Update
July 15, 2020
Governor Tate Reeves, with other state officials, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to give an update on the state's continued health and economic response to COVID-19.

 

How many on Coast are still unemployed during pandemic? Here are the latest numbers.
July 10, 2020 - Sun Herald
Saturday marks four months since the first case of coronavirus was reported in Mississippi, and economists say U.S. jobs and the economy have started to bounce back more quickly than expected.

 

MDES offers new online reporting system, ReStart MS
July 2, 2020 - WJTV
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced employers in the state will have help in getting their employees back to work, thanks to a new online reporting system called ReStart MS.

 

MDES launches ‘ReStart MS’ to help employees return to work
July 2, 2020  — WLOX/WLBT
Mississippi Department of Employment Security has developed a system to help employees to return to work.

 

Unemployment claims in Mississippi still high but seeing a decline
June 18, 2020 —  WLOX
MDES Executive Director on the number of unemployment claims, fraud, and how employers can report workers who won't return to work.

 

MDES warns of possible tax increase for small businesses
Jun 18, 2020 - WJTV
A tax increase could be on the way if the Mississippi Legislature does not replenish the Mississippi Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, according to a letter addressed to House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann. Jackie Turner, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, warned of an inevitable depletion of the Mississippi Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

 

Governor Tate Reeves COVID-19 Update
June 15, 2020
Governor Tate Reeves, with other state officials, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to give an update on the state's continued health and economic response to COVID-19.

 

Mississippi leaders warn about unemployment fraud amid COVID-19 pandemic
Jun 15, 2020 - WJTV
United States Attorney Mike Hurst and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security warned of fraudulent activities.

 

State, feds cracking down on unemployment fraud
June 15,2020 - WAPT
Mississippi is investigating several reports of unemployment fraud, state officials said. 

 

What you post on social media puts you at risk for unemployment fraud claims
June 10, 2020 - WLBT
A 3 On Your Side investigation on fraudulent unemployment claims uncovers information that what you put on social media exposes you to these scams and identity theft.

 

Paul Gallo Show
May 27, 2020 -- Supertalk FM
Jackie Turner, Executive Director and Timothy Rush, Director, Unemployment Insurance

 

Gov. Reeves extends unemployment benefits to help Mississippi workers impacted by COVID-19
May 11, 2020 - WJTV
Governor Tate Reeves announced efforts to extend the unemployment benefits provided to help Mississippi workers and their families hard-hit by COVID-19.

 

Posted by Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann
May 7, 2020 -- Facebook
Senate Economic Development Committee hearing on unemployment benefits.

 

Mississippi Department of Employment Security warns of overpayments
Apr 26, 2020  -WJTV
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security says some people may have been notified about overpayments.

 

Governor Tate Reeves COVID-19 Update
April 21, 2020 -- MPB
Governor Tate Reeves, with other state officials, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to give an update on the state's continued health and economic response to COVID-19.

 

MDES Executive Director Jackie Turner
April 14, 2020 -- WLOX
On processing unemployment claims

 

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A Mississippi Town Hall with Governor Tate Reeves
April 9, 2020 -- Jackson, MS, WJTV-12

 

Department of Employment Security Workers Seeing Unprecedented Workload
April 9, 2020 -- Columbus, MS, WCBI
The rapid spread of the coronavirus is forcing many businesses to close, sparking a wave of layoffs.

 

Governor Tate Reeves COVID-19 Response
April 9, 2020 --
This is a historic unemployment crisis, as well as a public health crisis. We must handle both. Today, we are going to address the 8,000 percent increase in unemployment in our state.

 

2020 Q2 Industry HR Roundtable
April 8, 2020 -- Madison County Economic Development Authority
MCEDA’s Q2 HR Roundtable featured Ms. Jackie Turner, Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) as our guest speaker addressed questions related to unemployment processes and benefits.   

 

Money Talks
April 7, 2020 -- Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Jackie Turner, Executive Director for MDES, and Timothy Rush, Director of Unemployment Insurance, answered questions regarding Unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the full episode online at mpbonline.org/moneytalks

 

COVID-19 causes spike in Mississippi unemployment claims
April 4, 2020 -- WLBT-TV
The coronavirus has not only taken a serious toll on people’s health, but is also taking a hit on American’s source of income. Unemployment rates across the country have skyrocketed since the outbreak.

 

Jackie Turner joins Speaker Gunn Coronavirus Update
April 3, 2020 -- Philip Gunn, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Facebook
We've received a lot of questions regarding unemployment benefits. We are here with Jackie Turner, the Executive Director of the program that handles them.

Paul Gallo Show
April 3, 2020 -- Supertalk FM
Interview with Jackie Turner.

 

A Flood of Unemployed Workers Are Seeking Help Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
March 27, 2020 -- Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Mississippi is expected to lose more than 100,000 jobs in the next few months due to concerns over the coronavirus, according to an economic policy group. Restaurants and other businesses have closed their doors or limited services. As MPB’s Ashley Norwood reports, the closures now leave thousands of residents out of work and in need of financial assistance.

 

COVID-19 leads to increase in unemployment    
March 26, 2020 -- WAPT 16
Mississippi Department of Employment Security gets about 6,000 calls a day.

 

COVID-19 causes spike in Mississippi unemployment claims    
March 24, 2020 -- WLBT-TV
The coronavirus has not only taken a serious toll on people’s health, but is also taking a hit on American’s source of income.

 

Mississippi workers that have not been able to work due to coronavirus can now file for unemployment.
March 23, 2020 -- WLOX
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced Friday that existing unemployment compensation requirements have been adjusted, allowing more people to file for benefits.

 

 


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