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Why ODJFS will no longer report weekly claims flagged for potential fraud

Jobless claims
Posted at 9:02 AM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 09:02:59-04

CLEVELAND — Of the 21,447 initial claims reported last week, approximately 900 have been flagged for potential fraud, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

From April 18 to April 24, the total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 58 weeks —3, 264,308—was more than the combined total of those filed from 2013-2019.

Ohioans filed 242,365 continued jobless claims last week, which was 533, 937 fewer than the peak last year. That includes both traditional unemployment claims and claims for extended benefits.

ODJFS said it has enhanced its identity verification and fraud detection methods to intercept fraud attempts resulting in a significant drop of initial claims being filed.

Since the initial claims are returning to a normal level ODJFS said it will no longer provide the numbers of fraud flags as part of the weekly initial jobs report.

Over the last 58 weeks, ODJFS has distributed over $9.6 billion in unemployment compensation payments to over 992,000 Ohioans.

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