Unemployment claims in Ohio increased 2,700% in 1 week

Some having trouble filing online but state said they are not experiencing any issue.

Unemployment claims in Ohio increased 2,700% in 1 week
The number of people who filed for unemployment in Ohio skyrocketed after Governor Mike DeWine ordered all bars and restaurants closed because of COVID-19 concerns. (Source: Pixabay)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) released the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits since Gov. Mike DeWine started closing some businesses due to COVID-19.

Last week 3,895 people filed for unemployment in Ohio.

This week, that number skyrocketed to 111,055, an increase of 2,751%.

Last Week This week
Sunday 562 11,995
Monday 1,263 36,645
Tuesday 1,080 29,177
Wednesday 990 33,238
Total 3,895 111,055

After the shutdown of restaurants and bars on Sunday, the state removed many of the restrictions to file claims, like the one-week waiting period to file.

ODJFS also did away with the requirement to prove a person is actively looking for a new job.

The large amount of people filing by phone or online might be an issue for the state’s systems.

Some on social media claim to be having problems getting through to the system, but a spokesperson for ODJFS said there is no issue on the state’s end.

“We have heard that at least three states’ (Kentucky, Oregon and New York) unemployment systems crashed while Ohio’s system keeps chugging away," an email said from ODJFS. “All things being equal, most Ohioans can expect to receive a benefit payment within a week of applying if they use the mass-layoff number and they’re otherwise eligible. The weekly benefit amount is typically half the claimant’s previous wages up to a set maximum.”

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Computer and phone systems are having problems handling the huge number of people trying to file for unemployment in Ohio, after losing jobs because of the coronavirus.
Computer and phone systems are having problems handling the huge number of people trying to file for unemployment in Ohio, after losing jobs because of the coronavirus. (Source: WOIO)

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