COLUMBUS -- For the week ending April 11, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported 158,678 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last four weeks stands at 855,197.
To put that in perspective, the total for the last four weeks of claims is 139,685 more than the combined total of 715,512 for the last two years.
Over these last four weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $227 million in unemployment compensation payments to more than 271,000 claimants.
ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.
Helpful FAQ Sheets Coronavirus-Specific Information: jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm
Filing for Unemployment Step-by-Step Guide: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/pdf/QuickTipsAndStepByStepGuide.pdf
New federal Pandemic Unemployment Programs: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm/pdf/CARES-ACT.pdf
Expanded call center hours -- Those without internet access can call 1-877-644-6562 (OHIO-JOB) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Coronavirus-Related Claims -- Workers who lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus can enter the mass-layoff number 2000180 on their applications. However, if affected individuals have already submitted claims without this number, they do not need to add it.
As a reminder, mass layoff notices are posted at jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm.