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Ohio unemployment rate climbs to 16.8% in April

The rate in Ohio is also more than the national rate, which was 14.7%.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 16.8% in April amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

That number is up from 5.8% in March.

The rate in Ohio is also more than the national rate, which was 14.7%.

The national rate is up from 4.4% in March.

More than 1.2 million Ohioans have filed unemployment claims in the last nine weeks.

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

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
Workers who lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus can enter the mass-layoff number 2000180 on their applications. However, if affected individuals have already submitted claims without this number, they do not need to add it.