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Ohio ranks among states with most new jobless claims amid COVID-19 crisis

According to new study, Ohio ranks No. 13 in the country for most new jobless claims during coronavirus pandemic.

CLEVELAND — Times are tough right now across the country. A nation directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has also felt the effects of a crumbling economy.

Ohio is unfortunately a surging part of that nationwide economic meltdown.

In a new study conducted by SmartAsset, it uncovered the states where unemployment has affected the largest percentage of workers. More specifically, the study identified states where initial jobless claims filed between March 15, 2020 and April 11, 2020 represented the largest portion of the total labor force.  

The study showed that Ohio saw the 13th-highest number of new jobless claims relative to the state’s total workforce. 

Providing a graphic, SmartAsset shows that Ohio had 196,309 new jobless claims after the week of March 21. That was followed by 274,288 new jobless claims after March 28. At the end of April 4, Ohio had 226,191 new jobless claims, followed by 157,218 more after April 11.

States that saw some of the most new jobless claims along with Ohio, included California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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