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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

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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

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Ohio Employers Can Now Report Workers Who Refuse to Return for Reopening

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state has paid out more than $1.7 billion to over a half a million jobless Ohioans in the last seven weeks. And while 85 percent of claims have either been paid or denied, there are still reports of people having trouble filing claims via the web or over the… Read More

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Ohio University Begins Layoffs With 140 Union Workers, Furloughs Likely

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Days after Ohio University’s president sent Tuesday’s Persevering In Uncertain Times email, certain faculty, staff, and students came to understand the gravity of his message.  By Friday, 140 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and at least three professors from the College of Arts and Sciences were told… Read More

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Ohio Valley Addressing Backlog of Unemployment Claims but Some are Still Waiting for Benefits

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — New unemployment insurance claims in the Ohio Valley began to taper off this week as states make their way through the backlog of applications amid business closures forced by the coronavirus pandemic. But local economies still face a staggering number of unemployed, and many of those who are out of work… Read More

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1099 Workers, Other Jobless Ohioans Not Previously Eligible Can Pre-File For Benefits Friday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly a million Ohioans – 964,556 people – have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks, more than the combined total in the last two years.  But more are coming as thousands of Ohioans who are self-employed or independent contractors have been waiting to file for unemployment under new… Read More

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Ohio Valley Still Processing Significant Unemployment Claims

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. Nearly 260,000 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 addition to the more than one million unemployment assistance applications… Read More