Some Missourians asked to give back COVID-related payments

Some Missourians who received unemployment insurance payments during the coronavirus pandemic are now being told they have to pay back the money.

Marissa Crozier told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that unemployment insurance kept her afloat after she was laid off as a costume designer for St. Louis Community College’s theater program, and after her costume work for the Muny and Opera Theatre of St. Louis vanished due to COVID-19.

Missouri now says it paid benefits in error to many people like Crozier, and the state is seeking repayment.

Unemployment offices around the country were slammed with a surge in unemployment applications when the first COVID-19 shutdown began last spring. Complicating the situation were new federal emergency unemployment programs established to extend jobless benefits and help self-employed workers who historically have been ineligible for unemployment benefits.

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