Collecting Unemployment Benefits in Ohio

Many people have lost their jobs because of the recent pandemic and other unfortunate circumstances. You may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. People who have lost their job with no fault of their own can receive unemployment benefits. Here’s everything you need to know about collecting unemployment benefits in Ohio.

Requirements for Ohio’s Unemployment Benefits

The eligibility requirements for Ohio’s unemployment benefits are:

  1. You are unemployed at no fault of your own
  2. You had been earning at least minimum wage prior to your unemployment
  3. You must be actively seeking for work and should be able to work
  4. You must have worked at least 20 weeks and earned an average of at least $280 dollars per week

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After determining you are able to receive unemployment benefits, file your claim either by phone or electronically. Find the filing information on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website. If you wish to file for your benefits through phone, the phone number is 1-877-644-6562 or 1-614-387-8404.

To apply, you will need to provide the following:

  • Social security number
  • Driver’s license or state ID number
  • Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
  • Name, address, telephone number, and dates of employment with every employer you had worked in the past 6 weeks
  • Reason you had become unemployed
  • Social security number, names, and dates of birth of your dependents
  • Your regular occupation and job skills
  • Alien registration and expiration date if you are not a US citizen

You will shortly receive a New Claim Instruction Sheet from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services department. The sheet will show you how you can file for your benefits every week.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services may ask you to provide the information of employers you have been actively contacting to find a job. You will also be required to participate in the reemployment programs and efforts on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services online portal.

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You will be eligible to receive 50% of your weekly average wage. The maximum amount you can receive is $480 but a higher payment is available if you have dependents. The typical duration you can receive unemployment benefits in Ohio is 26 weeks.

FAQs About Ohio’s Unemployment Benefits

I was denied unemployment benefits in Ohio, what should I do?

You are allowed to appeal 21 days after the decision. If you are continually dissatisfied with the decisions even after the appeal, you are allowed to re-appeal within the next 21 days.

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