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Decline in unemployment claims continues, just over 18,000 filed last week in Ohio

More than $6.3 billion in unemployment compensation has been paid out by the state over 26 weeks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The decline in the number of jobless claims continued in Ohio last week.

After two weeks of less than 19,000 claims, the week ending with September 12 saw less than 18,000 filings.

More than 328,000 Ohioans filed continued unemployment claims last week.

More than 1.6 million claims have been filed in Ohio in the past 26 weeks.

The numbers announced Thursday pushed total unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic to 1,698,355 which is more than the total number of claims over the past four years.

The state says it has now distributed more than $6.3 billion in unemployment checks to more than 804,000 claimants.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said of the more than one million applications, 94% have been processed and about 6% are pending.

ODJFS has also paid out more than $5.6 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to more than 561,000 claimants.

RELATED: Ohio unemployment rate drops to below 9% in July

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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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