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Ohio unemployment website experiences more technical difficulties

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 20:08:59-04

CLEVELAND — The website for unemployment benefits in Ohio, unemployment.ohio.gov, experienced technical difficulties Sunday evening, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

While the homepage would load for most, the link to apply for benefits sent users to a page that said "This site can’t be reached."

The department acknowledge the issue and said it was working to resolve it so those who needed to access information or apply for unemployment benefits could do so as soon as possible.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and we're working as fast as we can to resolve this issue. Thank you for your continued patience,” ODJFS wrote.

Dozens of people left comments on ODJFS' Facebook post regarding the technical issue sharing how many weeks their unemployment benefits have been pending or that they had been denied benefits totally.

With thousands of Ohioans out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the website has had numerous issues as those in need of benefits flood the site.

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On Thursday, ODJFS announced it had distributed more than $227 million in unemployment compensation payments to more than 271,000 claimants over the past four weeks. The department said the number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last four weeks stood at 855,197.

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