MANSFIELD -- Ohioans filed 17,435 initial jobless claims last week (Sept. 13-19), according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

That is about 1,200 more initial claims than the week prior, but it's 256,780 fewer than – or about 6 percent of – the COVID-19 pandemic peak earlier this year.

Ohioans filed 321,057 continued jobless claims last week, which was 455,245 fewer than – or less than half (about 41 percent) of – the peak earlier this year.

The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 27 weeks (1,715,790) was more than the combined total of those filed during the last four years.

Over the last 27 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $6.6 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 809,000 Ohioans.

Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, more than 94 percent have been processed, with less than 6 percent pending.

In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $6 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to more than 569,000 PUA claimants.

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