Ohio Unemployment Claims Continue To Rise

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says unemployment claims have risen again as the coronavirus pandemic continues to weaken Ohio’s economy.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services oversees unemployment issues in the state. The agency said Thursday that 38,327 Ohioans filed initial claims for unemployment for the week ending Dec. 12. That’s a 6% increase from the previous week, which also saw an increase.

The state also says continuing claims for unemployment, considered a more reliable indicator of economic health, rose to 274,658, a slight increase from the previous week. Ohio’s 7-day rolling average of daily new coronavirus cases rose to 9,236 on Dec. 16.