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Kim Hall, Director, Ohio Dept of Job And Family Services

Changes Being Made To Make Filing For Unemployment Easier

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Since the pandemic began in March, Ohio paid 821,000 regular unemployment claims and 608,000 for federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to people who don’t normally qualify for jobless benefits. At times, filers have experienced frustration over not being able to file or get questions answered. But leaders of the state agency that handles unemployment says… Read More

Gov. DeWine signs unemployment overhaul

Auditor Will Look Into Unemployment Application Process Under New Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A new law that sends $650 million in federal CARES Act money to Ohio communities to help with pandemic-related costs also includes a potential overhaul for the process to apply for unemployment benefits. The law requires Auditor Keith Faber to review and make recommendations on the efficiency of the unemployment… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio COVID-19 Deaths Spike, State Launches Effort to Help Unemployed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%. That statistic has led the state to pilot a new program there to help connect people to training and available jobs. Called Ohio to Work, the program has been developed by the state’s JobsOhio agency, which its director J.B…. Read More

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Thousands Must Repay Unemployment Overpayments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s human services agency says thousands of Ohioans who received unemployment benefits during the pandemic have been told they were overpaid. Bret Crow is a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. He says 6% of the nearly 800,000 Ohioans paid unemployment benefits have been alerted of the… Read More

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Thousands Of Unemployment Claims Released From Fraud Probe, But Many More Still Held

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state of Ohio has released for payment around a fifth of the quarter of a million claims for non-traditional unemployment assistance that it was holding back as it checked them for fraud. But some of the real people caught up in that investigation found it was yet another… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Accepts Plan For $300 In Federal Unemployment Aid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has accepted a White House proposal for Ohio unemployment claimants to receive $300 in weekly unemployment compensation assistance with no state money involved. Dan Tierney is a spokesman for the state’s Republican governor. Tierney says states received two options for unemployment funding late Sunday. One provides claimants with… Read More

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State Investigating A Quarter Of A Million In Jobless Claims For Fraud

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Payments to more than a quarter of a million non-traditional unemployment cases in Ohio are being halted and are under investigation. The state says most are part of a scam that’s resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent payments in other states. Ohio Job and Family Services… Read More

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Some Unemployment Will Be Extended In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An extra 20 weeks of unemployment compensation will be made available to eligible Ohioans once they have exhausted their other benefits. Bret Crow with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state’s unemployment is high enough that some Ohioans will be able to get an extension. “This… Read More

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Advocates Call For Unemployment Compensation System Reform

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A collection of health and human services advocates are urging state leaders to immediately work on revamping the unemployment compensation system in order to avoid another backlog in the future. The groups, which include the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Ohio Organizing Collaborative, and Policy Matters Ohio are calling on… 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

Rodney Sweigert outside his home in Columbus. The single father still hasn't received unemployment insurance for three months and sells plasma to scrape by.

Tens Of Thousands Of Ohioans Told To Repay Unemployment Benefits

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This article provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Join the free mailing list to help them provide more public service reporting. COLUMBUS, Ohio (Eye on Ohio) — Marnie Behan got a surprising message last month from Ohio’s Department of Jobs and Family Services about her ongoing unemployment payments. Instead… Read More

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Another 100K Unemployed In Ohio Valley; US Jobless Total Tops 40M

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — As some businesses in the Ohio Valley reopen and welcome back both customers and employees the region continues reporting high levels of unemployment claims. At least 100,863 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Kentucky, Ohio and West… Read More

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Another 99,000 Join Unemployed In Ohio Valley As U.S. Jobless Total Tops 38M

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — The U.S. Department of Labor reported close to 99,000 additional unemployment insurance claims in the last week from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, as state unemployment offices worked their way through a backlog of millions of claims filed since the coronavirus pandemic forced business closures beginning in March. For the week ending May 16,… Read More

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State Reports Data Breach for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Applicants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Deloitte, a consulting company contracted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), is investigating a data breach in the system launched last week to pay benefits to 1099 and self-employed workers. A mass message was sent to applicants letting them know that their personal information was left unconcealed for… Read More

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Ohio Valley Making Progress on Unemployment Backlog

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are making progress on unemployment claims filed in March as states begin a phased-in reopening. New unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. At least 125,459 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic… Read More

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Jobless Benefits System to Pay Ohio’s 1099, Self-Employed and Other Workers Online

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — This morning brought long-awaited news for the self-employed, independent contractors and 1099 workers in Ohio – the system to pay them jobless benefits is live. The notice hit inboxes early, said Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kimberly Hall. “At 7am we sent out I think 90,000 emails…. Read More

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Only Half of 1.1 Million Jobless Claims Have Been Paid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department Job and Family Services has paid more than $2 billion in unemployment claims to nearly 560,000 Ohioans since mid-March. But that’s only half of the 1.1 million claims that have been filed. ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall said some people have filed more than once, so when duplicate claims… Read More

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Ohio Valley Hitting Plateau of Unemployment Claims

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — New unemployment insurance claims are starting to reach a plateau but are still hitting unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. At least 154,102 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That surge in claims is in… Read More