COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — More than 42,000 more unemployment claims were filed in Ohio during the last week.
According to the ODJFS, for the week ending on May 23, 42,363 initial jobless claims in the state were reported to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. That’s 4,500 less than the week prior.
The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 10 weeks is 1,257,838 which is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years, according to the ODJFS.
Roughly 41 million people in the United States have now filed for jobless aid since the coronavirus forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The ODJFS says it has distributed more than $3.1 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 644,000 claimants, over the last 10 weeks.
Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, more than 92% have been processed, with less than 8% pending.
ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.