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Ohio sees nearly 14,000 weekly jobless claims

More than 3.3 million claims have been filed in Ohio in the past 63 weeks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said the state saw 13,955 jobless claims filed during the week ending with May 22.

ODJFS has not said how many have been flagged for potential fraud, which the agency has been dealing with for weeks.

ODJFS said all claims will be reviewed, which will lead to delays in processing legitimate claims.

The amount of claims filed last week is a decrease from the more than 19,000 filed the week ending with May 1.

More than 211,991 continued unemployment claims were filed and more than 150,079 people received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance last week.

More than 3.3 million claims have been filed in Ohio in the past 63 weeks.

The numbers announced pushed total unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic to 3,347,964, which is more than the combined total from 2013-2019.

The state says it has now distributed more than $10.3 billion in unemployment checks to more than 997,000 claimants.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has also paid out more than $11.7 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to more than 1.1 million claimants.

RELATED: Since COVID pandemic began, Ohio has overpaid $2.1 billion in unemployment benefits

ODJFS said in a release, "Anyone who suspects their identity was compromised and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim is urged to report it to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) immediately by visiting unemployment.ohio.gov, clicking the “Report Identity Theft” button, and following the instructions. As an alternative, individuals also may call (833) 658-0394."


For helpful websites, tips and more on filing for unemployment, click here.

ODJFS released the following statement, information, and resources:

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov. Each claim is important to us, and we recognize the hardship that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many Ohio families. We have been working around the clock to streamline performance and boost capacity by adding servers so the online claims system can handle the unprecedented influx of claims, which has affected processing times.

It's important to keep in mind that during previous downturns in the economy, claims came in waves as the recession worsened and industries began to shut down whereas these claims came in all at once and created a tsunami. This amount of claims in this short expanse of time would tax any online system, especially one that is 16 years old. It’s also important to note that unemployment insurance automated systems around the country are also struggling with the increased claims load.

Helpful FAQ Sheets
General Information: jfs.ohio.gov/unemp_comp_faq/index.stm
Coronavirus-Specific Information: jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

Call Center Hours
Those without internet access or who have case-specific questions can call 1-877-644-6562 (OHIO-JOB) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Coronavirus-Related Claims:
You no longer need to include a mass layoff number,  If you submitted your application previously and did not include a mass layoff number, your claim will still be processed and there is no need to adjust your application.


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