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Of the 147,000 initial jobless claims filed last week, 33,000 were flagged for potential fraud

Posted at 11:39 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 13:53:32-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans filed 147,002 initial jobless claims between Feb. 7 through Feb. 13, and of those claims, at least 33,000 have been flagged for potential fraud by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The total number of initial jobless claims filed over the last 48 weeks in Ohio—2,563,344— was more than the combined total for those filed during the last five years.

During this same period, Ohioans filed 307,923 continued jobless claims, which was 468,379 fewer than the peak last year. That includes both traditional unemployment claims and claims for extended benefits.

Anyone who believes their identity was comprised and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim is urged to report it to ODJFS. Individuals can call 833- 658-0394 to report fraud or visit their website here.

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