More than 1.2 million Ohioans have filed unemployment claims in last 11 weeks

A woman walks her dog past a closed business, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — ​The state reported Thursday that more than 1.2 million people filed unemployment claims in the past 11 weeks.

For the week ending May 30, just over 34,500 people filed jobless claims, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The numbers announced Thursday pushed total unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic to 1,292,413, which is more than the total number of claims over the past three years. The state says it has now distributed more than $3.5 billion in unemployment checks to more than 668,000 claimants.

Nationally, more than 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week.

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ODJFS released the following statement, information, and resources:

2020年欧预赛赛程The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at . Each claim is important to us, and we recognize the hardship that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many Ohio families. We have been working around the clock to streamline performance and boost capacity by adding servers so the online claims system can handle the unprecedented influx of claims, which has affected processing times.

It's important to keep in mind that during previous downturns in the economy, claims came in waves as the recession worsened and industries began to shut down whereas these claims came in all at once and created a tsunami. This amount of claims in this short expanse of time would tax any online system, especially one that is 16 years old. It’s also important to note that unemployment insurance automated systems around the country are also struggling with the increased claims load.

Helpful FAQ Sheets
General Information:
Coronavirus-Specific Information:

Call Center Hours
Those without internet access or who have case-specific questions can call 1-877-644-6562 (OHIO-JOB) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Coronavirus-Related Claims
Workers who lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus can enter the mass-layoff number 2000180 on their applications. However, if affected individuals have already submitted claims without this number, they do not need to add it.

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