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Ohioans Who Lose Jobless Benefits To Scammers Can Apply To Get Money Restored

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans who lost money when their unemployment accounts were taken over by scammers can start applying to get that money back on Friday. That’s also when the state will start processing requests from people who got a share of $3 billion in non-fraudulent overpayments who have asked to be… Read More

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Judge Orders ODJFS To Review All Denials For Unemployment In 21 Days

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has 21 days to decide appeals from people who were denied federal pandemic unemployment assistance, according to a ruling from a Franklin County judge. This could have a big impact on the backlog of 150,000 appeals at ODJFS. William Hummel filed the… Read More

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Ohio Pandemic Unemployment Overpayments Hit $2.1 Billion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s human services agency says overpayments in both the state and federal unemployment insurance program topped $2.1 billion during the coronavirus pandemic. That includes both overpayments made due to fraud and overpayments due to mistakes. Those errors could have been on the part of the filer, an employer or the state…. Read More

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Jobless Benefits Fund Broke; Ohio Starts Borrowing From Feds

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The fund by which Ohio pays jobless benefits is officially broke, and the state has asked to borrow nearly $4 billion so payments can keep going out to unemployed workers. The state has paid out $4.1 billion to 699,000 Ohioans in the last 90 days. That’s a billion more than… Read More