Coronavirus Update! -- What Ohio Residents Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits
As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, the unemployment rate is skyrocketing in every state. If you have lost your job in Ohio, apply for unemployment benefits at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations. Learn about how unemployment claims relating to COVID-19 will be handled in Ohio.
A record-shattering 40 million claims for unemployment benefits have been filed since mid-March, and experts predict claims could rise even higher due to COVID-19 and the steps state and local governments have taken to contain it, from orders shutting down nonessential businesses to shelter-in-place restrictions, school closures, and more.
If You Are Still Employed: You may be eligible for emergency paid sick leave or paid family leave under a new federal law, the Families First Coronavirus Act. Some states also provide paid time off that may be available to you. See Am I Entitled to Paid Sick Leave, Family Leave, or Vacation Time in Ohio to learn more about these programs.
Federal and state governments are rapidly making changes to their unemployment programs, to ensure that more people who are out of work receive benefits more quickly.
Federal CARES Act Expands Benefits to Workers in Ohio
Congress has passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act, which greatly expands the nation's unemployment compensation program. Employees eligible for unemployment in Ohio will receive an additional $600 per week of federally-funded benefits, on top of what Ohio already pays. These additional benefits will be available through July 31, 2020. And, unemployed individuals who run out of state-funded benefits will receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits, available through December 31, 2020.