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ODJFS reports Ohioans filed 18,592 initial jobless claims last week

Jobless claims report Thursday could hit 7 million or higher
Posted at 10:37 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 10:37:19-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported 18, 592 Ohioans filed initial jobless claims for the week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, which is 255,623 fewer than the peak earlier this year.

During the same period, Ohioans filed 299,030 continued jobless claims, which was 477,272 fewer than the peak earlier this year.

Over the last 29 weeks since the pandemic began, ODJFS received 1,752,326 initial jobless claims. That number was more than the combined total of those filed during the last four years.

In 29 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $6.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 817,000 Ohioans. Of the more than 1 million applications received, 95% have been processed, with 5% 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.