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COVID-19 Press Releases

 

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

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

 

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

 

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
March 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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