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ODJFS reports an increase in initial jobless claims filed last week

17,944 initial jobless claims filed last week
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Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 09:07:04-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the week of Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Ohioans filed 17,944 initial jobless claims, an increase from the week before. Forthe week ending on Sept. 19, Ohioans filed 17,435 initial jobless claims.

The total number of jobless claims for the week ending on Sept. 26 (17,944) was 256,271 fewer than the peak earlier this year.

Ohioans filed 301, 274 continued jobless claims last week, which was 475,028 fewer than the peak earlier this year.

Over the last 28 weeks, the ODJFS distributed more than $6.8 billion in unemployment compensation to more than 813,000 Ohioans. Of the more than 1 million applications received, 94 % have been processed, with less than 6% pending.

For Ohioans who find themselves out of work, ODJFS launched the "Ohio To Work" initiative to help displaced workers reassess and restart their careers. Find out more here.