CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Because of the government shutdown, more than 6,500 Ohioans will not get a paycheck on Friday and according to the state officials Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an option.
Some will be put in a financial hardship because of the shutdown and might want to consider applying for benefits, even if it is just a portion of their normal pay which is usually 50 percent with a cap.
“The weekly benefit amount is typically half the claimant’s previous average weekly wages up to a set maximum, based on the number of dependents,” according to Bret Crow with Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). "So the maximum weekly benefit is $598 for a claimant with three or more dependents, $537 for a claimant with one or two dependents, and $443 for a claimant without any dependents.”
So far, 558 federal employees have filed for unemployment since the week ending Dec. 29.
New Ohio UI claims may be filed online at www.unemployment.ohio.gov.
Once there go to the “Unemployed Workers” section under the tab, then “File/Appeal Benefits.”
Those needing special assistance may call 877-644-6562.
There is a catch.
Legislation has already been passed that will give federal employees all of their back pay if and when the government resumes full operations.
“If individuals are paid Ohio UI benefits and later receive backpay for the same weeks, the UI weeks will be considered overpaid, and ODJFS will send a notice requiring repayment of the benefits,” said Crow.
For some this might be the right option to be able to receive some money now, knowing they will have to pay it back later.
There is another section of people who could benefit from the UI program and not have to pay it back.
There are thousands who work as contractors for the government, or for companies who have government contracts, and those people will not receive back pay.
It’s unknown how many in the state of Ohio fall into that category but they would not be expected to pay UI benefits back.