ODJFS

COLUMBUS -- For the week ending May 16, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported 46,062 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio during the last nine weeks (1,215,756) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years.

Over the last nine weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $2.8 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 619,000 claimants.

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Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, more than 92 percent have been processed, with less than 8 percent pending.

In addition, more than 161,000 Ohioans have applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and ODJFS has issued more than $21 million in PUA payments.

ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.