Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure that would tie jobless benefits to the state's unemployment rate.
Senate Bill 673 would allow unemployed Missourians to collect the current 20-weeks of benefits only if the unemployment rate is at nine-percent or higher.
If the rate dips below 6.5-percent, jobless claims would be limited to just 13 weeks or about three months. That's half of the 26-weeks of benefits that the state allowed before 2011.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce reports that prior to recession, the average number of benefit weeks was 15 -- two more than the current 5.9-percent rate would allow under the proposal.