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ODJFS says 226,007 more Ohioans filed for unemployment, 696,519 claims filed in the last 3 weeks

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 09:38:59-04

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) confirmed 226,007 Ohioans filed unemployment claims during the week ending April 4, making it the second straight week that more than 200,000 new claims were filed by Ohioans.

Over the last three weeks, ODJFS has received 696,519 claims and distributed more than $124 million in unemployment compensation payments to more than 195,000 claimants.

ODJFS received 364,603 jobless claims for the entire year of 2019.

The department said it recognizes the frustrations felt by many who are trying to file for unemployment. They have extended call hours to seven days a week and will have 1,000 staffers taking calls by the end of the week.

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