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ODJFS flagged over 7,000 initial jobless claims last week for potential fraud

In-Depth: Fraudulent Ohio unemployment claims spike in 2021
Posted at 8:54 AM, Mar 25, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Of the 69,368 initial jobless claims filed last week, approximately 7,400 have been flagged for potential fraud, according to a release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohioans filed 69,368 initial jobless claims last week. The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 53 weeks was more than the combined total of those filed from 2013-2019.

Last week, Ohioans also filed 330,446 continued jobless claims, which was fewer than the peak last year.

Over the last 53 weeks, ODJFS has distributed $9.1 billion in unemployment compensation payments to over 979,000 Ohioans.

Anyone who believes their identity was compromised and used to file a fraudulent claim is asked to report it to the ODJFS by clicking “Report Identity Theft” at unemployment.ohio.gov. or by calling 833-658-0394.

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