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Applying for Unemployment

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Ohio Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides temporary financial help to unemployed workers while they can find another job. The money used to pay unemployment benefits comes from employers who pay the unemployment taxes. No money is taken from employees’ wages. The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation Benefits and Technology is responsible for the UC Benefits program. This program helps around 700,000 individuals and processes more than $1 billion in benefits per year. The program objectives are to help unemployed workers who were recently employed ad to help stabilize the economy during recessions.

In order to qualify for the unemployment compensation benefits, you must:

  • Be totally or partially unemployed:
  • Have worked a minimum of 20 weeks and have earned an average weekly wage of a minimum of $233.
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • If you have had a prior benefit account you must have reestablished yourself as a worker by working enough hours.
  • You must be physically and mentally able to work.
  • You must be willing and ready to work.
  • You must be actively seeking for a job.
  • You must register with OhioMeansJobs.com.
  • You must accept any suitable job offered to you on any shift.

You will need to provide:

  • Social Security number and driver license or state ID number.
  • Name, address, phone number and email address.
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers for all your employers during the past six weeks.
  • Reason for total or partial unemployment.
  • Information of your dependents, if any.
  • Your occupation and skills.

Filing a Claim

You can file an initial claim online or by phone. To do it online you must go to unemployment.ohio.gov. You will need to open an account with a username and password and can be done 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To do it by phone, call t 1-877-OHIOJOB (1-877-644-6562) and you can call Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In both cases, you must create a PIN. When you first file a claim, you will receive a temporary PIN that you will eventually change to a desired one. The PIN will function as an electronic signature and will have the same legal authority as your paper signature.

Once you file an initial claim, you will need to file weekly or biweekly claims to keep receiving payments. You can do it online or by phone.

If more information is needed, you will receive a “Notice of Eligibility Issue.” You need to honestly answer all the questions and respond by mail, fax, telephone or online. You may also receive calls to follow-up your case.

When your application is reviewed, you will receive a “Determination of Benefits” that states whether your application is allowed or disallowed.

Appeal Rights

If you disagree with the decision about your claim, you should file an appeal and keep filing claims for every week you are unemployed. If the result of the appeal is in your favor, you may receive the payments for the weeks that were properly claimed.

If you disagree with an initial decision, file a written appeal to ODJFS within 21 calendar days of the date of the determination. You will need to include your Social Security number, the date and ID number of the determination you disagree with and the reasons of your disagreement. Moreover, you may include evidence, documentation or witness statements.

If you disagree with a re-determination, file a written appeal within 21 days of the date of the re-determination. You may follow the same process above.

You may file your appeal between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

Online: www.unemployment.ohio.gov

Fax: 614-466-8392


Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director

Bureau of Unemployment Compensation Benefits

P.O. Box 182863

Columbus, OH 43218-2863