COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans file 17,531 initial jobless claims for the week of Oct. 18 through Oct. 24, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
This number of initial jobless claims was 256,684 fewer than the peak earlier this year. The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 32 weeks —a total of 1,807,545— was more than the combined total of those filed during the last four year.
Last week, Ohioans filed 266,208 continued jobless claims last week, which was 510,094 fewer than the peak earlier this year.
Over the last 32 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $7.1 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 830,000 Ohioans. Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, more than 95% have been processed.
For the week of Oct. 11 through Oct. 17, the release of unemployment numbers was delayed as the ODJFS worked to resolved a data discrepancy. The agency said it has been including in its weekly reports to the U.S. Department of Labor additional data that was not required: the number of claims providing extended benefits and a small subset of supplemental benefit claims.