COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of Ohioans who filed initial jobless claims stayed below 19,000 last week, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
For the week ending Aug. 29, the agency received 18,719 initial jobless claims, a decline from the 18,988 filed the week prior.
The total number of initial jobless claims filed last week is 255,496 fewer than the peak earlier this year.
Ohioans filed 339,957 continued jobless claims last week, which is 436,345 fewer than the peak this year.
The 24-week total of initial jobless claims in Ohio is 1,644,078, which is more than the combined total during the last four years.
ODJFS has distributed more than $6.2 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 795,000 Ohioans. Of the more than 1.3 million applications received, 94% have been processed and 6% remain pending.