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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

What documents do I Need to file an unemployment claim Ohio

When you apply for unemployment compensation benefits, you must assure you have the following documents ready:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver’s license or state ID number
  • Your name, your address, telephone number, and email address
  • The name, address, telephone number and dates you worked with each employer during the past six weeks of employment. If you were on assignment from a temporary placement agency (often called a “temp” agency), the temp agency – not the employer they assigned to you – is the employer you need to identify.
  • If you had out-of-state employment in the last 18 months, the name, address, telephone number, and dates you worked for each out-of-state employer
  • If you were separated from military service with any branch of the U.S. armed forces in the last 18 months, your discharge papers (form DD-214, member 4)
Ohio Unemployment Required Documents Information 
  • If you were employed by the federal government in the last 18 months, the SF-8 or SF-50 form given to you by your government employer at the time of your separation
  • The reason you became totally or partially unemployed from each employer
  • If you have dependents, their names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth
  • If claiming dependents and you are married, your spouse’s name, Social Security number (even if you do not claim your spouse)
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, your alien registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization
  • Your regular occupation and job skills

Eligibility

In order to be eligible you must:

  • Be totally or partially unemployed at the time you file your application.
  • Have worked enough weeks and earned enough money in covered employment during the base period of your claim.
  • Be unemployed for a reason not of your own fault.
  • If you have had a prior benefit account, but have reestablished yourself as a worker by performing enough work since the prior account began.

Fraud

Deliberately giving false information or in order to receive benefits is a crime. The ODJFS tracks any frauds committed against the unemployment insurance program. If you attempt to claim unemployment compensation benefits by giving false information, you will expose yourself to penalties such as imprisonment and fines.

If you would like to report fraud, contact the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services toll-free hotline at:

Toll-free hotline: 1-800-686-1555

Website:  http://unemployment.ohio.gov/.