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Money Talks: Unemployment 2021

Guests: MDES Executive Director, Jackie Turner, Deputy Executive Director-General Counsel, John Garrett, and Director, Office of ReEmployment Assistance, Erma Cook


Hosts: Dr. Nancy Lottridge-Anderson, President of New Perspectives and Ryder Taff, portfolio manager at New Perspectives. Nancy and Ryder are both Chartered Financial Analysts and Ryder also holds the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute.


https://mdes.ms.gov/ 601-493-9427


There is no fee for Unemployment Services through MDES. They do not solicit payments on social media and employees are prohibited from using social media to assist customers. If you are asked to pay a fee for these services, DO NOT PAY the fee and report this to MDES.


If someone filed an unemployment claim using your information report this immediately to MDES. Beware of scams aiming to steal your personal information. Claimants should only use the agency’s official website: mdes.ms.gov to give out personal information. 


Some customers were issued additional benefit payments in excess of the amount to which they were entitled. Those affected have been issued a notice of overpayment. You are entitled only to benefits for which you are eligible. You must repay all benefits that are overpaid even if you were paid in error. Overpayments are legally enforceable debts.


  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - PUA 
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation
  • WIN Job Centers 


  • credit card offers
  • taxes on unemployment
  • re-use prospective unemployers
  • opening financial accounts for minors
  • tax forms
  • Ticket to Work
  • unemployment appeal
  • how long does unemploment last
  • Innovate MS for job resources
  • can not contribute to an IRA with only unemployment income
  • keep records

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