COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of Ohioans who have filed initial jobless claims continues to decline from week to week, according to numbers released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The agency reported 20,969 initial jobless claims were filed during the week of Aug. 2-8, which is a drop from the 25,952 initial jobless claims filed the week prior.
The number of initial jobless claims filed last week is 253,246 fewer than the peak earlier this year. Ohioans filed 374,751 continued jobless claims last week, which were 401,551 fewer than the peak earlier this year, ODJFS reported.
Over the last 21 weeks, the agency distributed more than $5.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 778,000 Ohioans. Of the more than one million applications received, about 94% have been processed, with about 6% pending.
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