COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans filed 54, 343 initial jobless claims last week, and of those claims, approximately 5,000 were flagged for potential fraud, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio in the last 54 weeks, 3,152,661, was more than the combined total of those filed from 2012 to 2019.
Between the same period, March 21 through March 27, Ohioans filed 314,698 continued jobless claims last week, which was 461,604 fewer than the peak last year.
Over the last 54 weeks, ODJFS has distributed over $9.2 billion in unemployment compensation payments to over 981,000 Ohioans.
The ODJFS said anyone who suspects their identity was comprised and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim is urged to report it by contacting the ODJFS at unemployment.ohio.gov or by calling 833-658-0394.
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