COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of Ohioans who filed initial jobless claims last week reached just below 30,000, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. From Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, Ohioans filed 29,709 initial jobless claims, which was 244,506 fewer than the peak earlier this year.
The week before, ending on Dec. 26, Ohioans filed 28,790 initial jobless claims.
Over the last 42 weeks, the total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio reached 2,097,854.
In the week ending on Jan. 2, Ohioans filed 274,460 continued jobless claims, which was 501,842 fewer than the peak earlier this year.
The ODJFS distributed more than $7.7 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 866,000 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.
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