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Total number of initial jobless claims filed over last 40 weeks in Ohio surpasses 2 million

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Posted at 10:18 AM, Dec 24, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of Ohioans who filed initial jobless claims last week was fewer than the number of those who filed initial jobless claims the week before, which was 38, 327.

In a Christmas Eve Report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 31,134 Ohioans filed initial jobless claims for the week of Dec. 13 through Dec. 19. This was fewer than the peak earlier this year.

Ohioans filed 274,116 continued jobless claims last week, which was 502,186 fewer than the peak earlier this year. That includes both traditional unemployment claims and claims for extended benefits.

Over the last 40 weeks, the total number of initial jobless claims—2,039,355— was more than the combined total of those who filed during the last five years.

ODJFS has distributed more than $7.6 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 875,000 Ohioans.

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