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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

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Ohio Valley Continues Unprecedented Surge of Unemployment

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. At least 287,576 people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s in addition to the roughly 755,000 claims form the three states in the previous two… Read More

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More Changes Underway for Ohio’s Unemployment System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is preparing to release the new unemployment numbers Thursday as the agency that processes jobless claims continues to experience challenges. But leaders say a new round of improvements is coming. People trying to file for unemployment say they’re experiencing long wait times, having trouble filing their claims… Read More

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Ohio Valley Unemployment Claims Soar to Nearly 400,000 Amid Pandemic Shutdown

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Claims for unemployment insurance soared around the Ohio Valley region as nearly 400,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia sought help amid the economic freeze associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The new numbers come from data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing more than 6.6 million unemployment claims… Read More

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Tech Team Working on Ohio Unemployment Website

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State officials say they are putting every resource they have into ramping up Ohio’s unemployment compensation website. The site has been crashing due to the massive influx in requests. The unemployment compensation fund went from taking in a few thousand requests just two weeks ago to more than 150,000 requests in the last week. People around the… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Eases Unemployment Rules Amid Virus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has loosened unemployment regulations for people whose jobs have been shuttered over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order from the Republican governor on Thursday directs commerce officials to ensure that people who had their hours reduced or are prevented from working due to the… Read More

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Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

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Kentucky Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in August

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.4% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.3% rate in July. Last month’s rate was unchanged from the statewide jobless rate in August 2018…. Read More

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Jobless Rates Drop in All 55 West Virginia Counties

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Unemployment rates dropped in all 55 of West Virginia’s counties in March. WorkForce West Virginia says Jefferson County’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by Berkeley County at 3.8 percent and Jackson and Monongalia counties at 3.9 percent. Calhoun County had the highest… Read More

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Ohio Unemployment Rate Unchanged From October To November

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State officials say Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from October to November. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent last month, down from 4.9 percent in November 2017. The national rate was 3.7 percent, unchanged from October and down from 4.1 percent in November 2017. The state Department… Read More