More than 38,000 Ohioans filed initial jobless claims last week—an increase from last week

Posted at 11:06 AM, Dec 17, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of Ohioans who filed initial jobless claims last week was more than the number of those who filed initial jobless claims the week before, which was 36,327.

In Thursday’s report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 38,327 Ohioans filed initial claims for the week of Dec. 6 through Dec. 12. Ohioans filed 274,658 continued jobless claims last week, which was 501,664 fewer than then peak earlier this year.

Over the last 39 weeks, the total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio was more than the total of those filed during the last four years. More than $7.5 billion in compensation has been distributed to more than 868,000 Ohioans.

If you find yourself in need of work, ODJFS has launched the "Ohio To Work" initiative to help displaced workers re-skill and restart their careers. The agency also has partnered with local workforce development boards and local staff to provide employment and training services at Ohio Means Jobs centers throughout the state.