COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the 10th straight week, applications for unemployment in Ohio have declined, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. For the week ending on July 4, ODJFS received 33,483 initial jobless claims.
Those who remain jobless filed 347,587 fewer continued claims last week compared to the peak in April. The total number of jobless claims in Ohio over the last 16 weeks, totaling 1,464,290, is more than the combined total of those who have filed during the last three years.
ODJFS has distributed $4.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 736,000 Ohioans over the last 16 weeks.
The agency has received over 1 million applications, and out those claims, 94% have been processed, with about 6% pending.
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