Money Talks


Money Talks: MDES

Guests: 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 online or by calling 601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577. MDES takes phone claims Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm. You can file claims online anytime on their website.

You should be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. Your Social Security number,
  2. Your complete mailing address and phone number,
  3. The names, addresses, and phone numbers for all your employers for the last eighteen (18) months,
  4. The dates you worked and the reason you left each employer.
  5. Alien Registration number or Visa number, if you are not a U.S. Citizen.

ReSkillMS is a new program designed to help individuals adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic find jobs with better wages and also help support employers who want to hire and train new employees on the job.

The “Mississippi Library Association’s Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Across the State”.  website

MDES went from processing 800 claims per week to 5,000 per week to 45,000 claims per week.

Topics discussed:

  • phishing scams
  • financial market behavior
  • national unemployment going down
  • MDES's computer system
  • self employed wages
  • Pandemic Employment Assistance
  • Lost Wages Assistance - distribution is on hold now. FEMA funds being used for other emergencies
  • appeals process
  • certification
  • furloughed

More Episodes


Money Talks: Workforce Wednesdays

Workforce Wednesdays is a program from the Education Department of MPB. Dr. Tara Wren, Director of Education and Jasmine Harvey, Student Engagement Specialist are with us today to explain the initiative and let us know how anyone in Mississippi can participate. in Workforce Wednesday get information about workforce development including mentoring programs, apprenticeships, work-based learning and soft skills. With the pandemic these networking get togethers are virtual so anyone can participate.Workforce Wednesday occurs every third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. It’s a service of the Education Department of Mississippi Public Broadcasting.Project SEARCH Mississippi: An MDRS Workforce InitiativeSeptember 15, 202111:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Project SEARCH connects high school seniors with disabilities to employers waiting to hire them after they graduate.Learn more about this program and how your school or employer can get involved.Videos:Confessions of a Word Nerd - February 2021 to Improve Your Personal Brand on Zoom- March 2021 Wear Pants to Work – April2021 Service Still Matters – May 2021 Back to Work in Mississippi – June2021 m8k&ab_channel=MPBEducationAmerican Graduate Path to the Future – July 2021 Service Employment Academy – August 2021 Wednesdays with blog summaries:Lunch and Learn with CN Railroad Coding Academy featured at Workforce Wednesday of State Delbert Hosemann speaks at MPB's Workforce Wednesday Luncheon's Workforce OneSource Offers Myriad Services to Service Members and Hiring a Veteran is a Plus for Employers Shares Lessons on Mentoring at Workforce Wednesday Event Cecil Brown shares state’s problems, solutions during Workforce Wednesday Luncheon is a workforce development solution benefiting individuals and employers talks opportunity, career coaches and strengthening Mississippi's workforce