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Ohio Unemployment Benefits Information

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Claiming Benefits for Unemployment in Ohio 

 

The federal unemployment benefits in Ohio are weekly payments provided by the government to state workers who are temporarily unemployed with the goal to sustain them during their search for a new job. Even though the Unemployment Insurance program was created by the U.S. Department of Labor, former employees who would like to claim unemployment benefits must apply with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The ODJFS's Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations administers the unemployment compensation (UC) program within the state and manages all OH unemployment benefits claims. Note that, however, claiming benefits for unemployment in OH is not an option for all former workers. Only employees who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own can claim unemployment benefits in Ohio.

Partially unemployed UC applicants who are working less than full-time may also be eligible for benefits. Depending on the number of qualifying weeks, UC beneficiaries may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of full unemployment benefits. However, during times of high unemployment, state workers may be eligible for unemployment benefits extensions in Ohio.

Learn how to claim unemployment benefits in OH and how to maintain your eligibility for UC payments by reading the sections below:

  • How to claim unemployment benefits in Ohio
  • Maintaining your unemployment benefits claim in Ohio
  • Ohio federal unemployment benefits and federal income taxes

How to Claim Unemployment Benefits in Ohio

 

Interested UC claimants can claim unemployment benefits in Ohio as soon as they lose their jobs by submitting the necessary information and documents to the ODJFS. The department offers unemployment applicants the option to submit their Ohio unemployment benefits claim via the internet or supply their data by phone.

Prior to claiming benefits for unemployment, however, interested UC claimants must ensure they meet the program's eligibility criteria. Namely, only workers who meet the following requirements can file for federal unemployment benefits in OH:

  • They have accumulated at least 20 weeks of covered unemployment.
  • They have earned at least $243 per week on average.
  • They were not at fault for their job separation.

After submitting their unemployment benefits claims in Ohio, UC applicants will be able to obtain their first payment within three to four weeks of the date of submission of the UC claim.