Federal funding for Ohio unemployment benefits expiring later this month

Posted at 11:01 AM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 11:01:52-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Funding is set to end this month for Ohioans who have been receiving extended unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Federal-State Extended Benefits program will end on Dec. 26.

“The EB program will end after Dec. 26 because the federal law authorizing funding for it is expiring (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and because of Ohio’s significantly lower October unemployment rate. As a result, the last week payable for individuals who have been deemed eligible for up to 13 weeks of EB is the week ending Dec. 26, 2020,” ODJFS said.

There are still some options to receive assistance up to Dec. 26.

“Individuals who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits are potentially eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). If they exhaust PEUC, they are potentially eligible for EB. If they exhaust all three programs, they are potentially eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance,” ODJFS said.

State officials said that if action isn’t taken by the federal government, only traditional unemployment benefits will be available after Dec. 26.

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