Feb 19, 2021

Ohio Jobless Claims for Sunday, February 7, 2021, through Saturday, February 13, 2021

Ohio Jobless Claims for Sunday, February 7, 2021, through Saturday, February 13, 2021

Editor’s Note: Of the 147,002 initial claims reported this week, at least 33,000 have been flagged for potential fraud.

Anyone who suspects their identity was compromised and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim is urged to report it to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) immediately by visiting unemployment.ohio.gov, clicking the “Report Identity Theft” button, and following the instructions.

As an alternative, individuals also may call (833) 658-0394.

Ohioans filed 147,002 initial jobless claims last week, according to statistics ODJFS reported to the U.S. Department of Labor this week.

The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 48 weeks (2,563,344) was more than the combined total of those filed during the last five years.

Ohioans filed 307,923 continued jobless claims last week, which was 468,379 fewer than – or about 39% of – the peak last year.

That includes both traditional unemployment claims and claims for extended benefits.

In addition, 244,758 Ohioans received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) last week.

Over the last 48 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $8.4 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 931,000 Ohioans.

In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $8.7 billion in PUA payments to more than 852,000 Ohioans.

Recovery Efforts While ODJFS continues to manage the state’s unemployment program, it also has multiple initiatives under way to help spur Ohio’s economic recovery.

These include the Ohio To Work initiative to help displaced workers reskill and restart their careers, an $8.5 million National Dislocated Worker Grant that will help unemployed workers and employers impacted by COVID-19, and a $9.4 million grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities.

ODJFS works in partnership with local workforce development boards and local staff to provide employment and training services at 22 comprehensive and 66 affiliate OhioMeansJobs centers throughout the state.

Individuals can visit OhioMeansJobs.com or contact their local OhioMeansJobs center to find and apply for job openings, take skill and career interest assessments, create or improve their resumes, and practice interviewing.

Employers can contact their nearest OhioMeansJobs center to get help finding skilled candidates for jobs, screening resumes, learning about federally funded tax credits or training programs, and more.

To find contact information for your nearest OhioMeansJobs center, visit OhioMeansJobs.com and click on the icon for OhioMeansJobs centers. Additional Unemployment Information ODJFS urges individuals to file their unemployment claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.

All eligible Ohioans will receive their unemployment benefits retroactive to when they first applied.

Information about Unemployment Benefits: unemployment.ohio.gov Updates on the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Programs:


Filing for Unemployment Step-by-Step Guide: jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/pdf/QuickTipsAndStepByStepGuide.pdf

As a reminder, mass layoff notices are posted at



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