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Ohio Unemployment Benefit Questions

When should I file an application for benefits?

You should file your application for unemployment benefits as soon as you become unemployed.  Your claim will begin the Sunday of the calendar week in which your application is filed. Waiting more than a week to apply will delay the start of your claim, and no benefits will be paid for weeks of unemployment that pass before the week you file. Even if you need to serve the required waiting week or you are receiving separation pay from your employer, do not wait to file your application for unemployment benefits.

How do I claim a dependent child?

A child, stepchild, or adopted child is allowed as a dependent if both of the following two conditions are met.

  • The child is under 18 at the beginning date of the benefit year, or if the child is 18 or older and unable to work because of a permanent mental or physical disability.
  • You have paid more than half the cost of the child’s support for the 90-day period before the beginning date of your benefit year (or for the length of the parental relationship, if less than 90 days).

Claiming children as dependents will not be allowed if your spouse has filed for unemployment within the past year and has received an increased weekly amount because he or she claimed the same dependents.

May an applicant file a claim outside of Ohio?

If your base period employment was in Ohio, but you live in and are seeking work in a state other than Ohio, your unemployment claim will be an “Ohio interstate claim.”

If you have worked in more than one state during your base period, you may qualify for unemployment by combining wages from those states. To establish a “combined wage claim,” you must apply for benefits with one of the states where your base period wages were reported.

How long will it take to apply?

Whether you apply online or by telephone, the process will take about 20-25 minutes. If you are online and need to stop before you finish the application, you can log back in later – within 24 hours from the time you started – and continue where you left off. Your application is not considered “filed” until you receive a confirmation number.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Susan says:

    I worked for an Ohio based company for 14 months and then got an opportunity to work from home in Ohio from a company based in South Carolina. After five weeks of working for them and receiving 20% of what I was supposed to receive in pay I was told this week by the CEO to start looking for a job that he wasn’t going to be able to pay me. I am collecting partial social security from my husband. Can I collect unemployment and do I collect from Ohio or South Carolina? I have tried to get through to the unemployment office without any luck.

    • Sam says:

      You may not be eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance from your home-based employment since they would not have paid the relevant taxes into the system. If can perhaps look at applying on the basis of your employment with the Ohio-based company.

  2. Sharon B says:

    I am 63. I just got laid off. Can I collect social security and unemployment benefits?

  3. Bruce Pettigrew says:

    While I am getting Ohio unemployment, can my wife work full or part time? Will this impact the dollars I receive?

    • Martin says:

      I don’t think your wife’s employment will have an impact on your UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  4. jerry harris says:

    my wife receives social security an has some rental income can I claim her as a depent

  5. Thomas Heath says:

    Martin should check regulations before he responds, and then has to rescind his answers…….

  6. Thomas Heath says:

    I had sent in a question on a 1099-G form sent to me, after I had returned all money sent to me. Martin responded, stating he thought I did not have to pay the IRS for money I did not keep. Tried calling claims center, as suggested, nothing in menu that could help me. Other than U. S. Mail, how do I contact claims center to get this form rescinded? Very difficult to talk to a human, with your phone system.

    • Martin says:

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not hold any association with the government agencies.

      You can perhaps consider visiting nearest office in your locality, details of which will be available on the official website.

  7. Thomas Heath says:

    Received approximately 6 checks, and was then notified of overpayment. Paid all monies back quickly. Now I have received a 1099-g form, showing no taxes paid. Will I have to pay taxes on that money, if I did not keep it??

  8. Robert Bussing says:

    our company is having a mass layoff over christmas and we will get paid the 2 holidays eachweek but will not get paid for the other three days a week can we still collect unemployment for those 2 weeks

  9. Rachel Davis says:

    If I am working full time and a company moves me to part time status due to low census but doesn’t lay me off, am I eligible to receive partial unemployment benefits?

    • Martin says:

      You can consider applying for the lost hours if there was intermittent reduction in the number of hours worked. Not sure if you can be eligible for a job designated as part time.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  10. tom says:

    I’m a truck driver I had a heart attack i’m in good health now but still do not qualify for my med cert which has keep me from working for 4 months can I fill for benfits.

  11. Christina bentley says:

    What if you are demoted with no fault of your own

    • Adrian says:

      You can take it up with higher management in your company.

      If you cite this and quit voluntarily, you will not qualify for Unemployment Insurance.

  12. Roy W Redden says:

    I have received 2 payments since I have applied for benefits. The check amount was 1014.00 on 6/13/14. Since then I have not received any more payments. I have filed 6/14/14, 6/21/14, 6/28/14, AND 7/5/14. Was wondering when I will receive another payment?

  13. Romanus Lewis says:

    I been on my job for 38 years, but when I retire on 8-1-14 I will not get any money until 10-1-14, can I get unemployment until 10-1-14?

  14. John D says:

    I live in Ohio but work in Pennsylvania and have recently found out my job is being eliminated. What state can I file my unemployment thru do I have a choice? If not which one do I file in?

  15. Kevin says:

    I am currently recieving ohio benifits and my claim is up on the 22nd of this month. My question is I’ve been reporting my weekly referals since Jan. 5 of this year. Can I use the same referals again on my new claim when I file for a new claim. In my area there not many places to apply and its getting harder to find imployement thats close to home.

    • Adrian says:

      I can understand. But what I know is that the same referrals should not be submitted.They may reject the claim based on this aspect.

    • Kevin says:

      So the question is can I use my past referals from 3 months ago towards the new claim.

      • Adrian says:

        I dont think you can.For confirmation please contact the customer service of the labor dept in Ohio on 1-877-644-6562.

  16. greg says:

    I have three step children. I claim them now on my w4 form and I made more than 50% of our income in the 90 day period, Before the child support. Now after the child support it Is less than 50%. Could I claim all my step children being married to there mother on unemployment?

    • scott loomis says:

      If the company i work for has a maintenance shutdown for two weeks and i am not scheduled to work for those two weeks, will i receive benefits for those two weeks if i turn in a claim.

      • Martin says:

        I don’t think you will qualify for temporary time off from work.

        Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  17. pat says:

    I was just cut from full time to part time am I eligible for unemployment (part-time)

  18. Dorotthy Randall says:

    I was unemployed December 2012 I started a new job February 4 I have been working 37 hours and Nov 1, 2013 I was told they would be cutting my hours to 20 effective immediately becuase they were rearranging duties. Am I eligible to collect unemployment for the hours I am no longer working. I live in Ohio and the company I work for is located in Pittsburgh. Thank You

  19. justin says:

    I am currently active guard reservist in the oh army national guard. Due to high stress of job I have been being seen my doctor foe depression and anxiety. I was wondering if I removed myself from the situation (my job) and resigned my position would I be allowed to collect unemployment. I have been collecting an active duty pay check since 2007.

  20. keith allen says:

    can u get unemployment if you have a full time job and get layed off from a 2nd part time job

  21. Jerrod says:

    I haven’t worked since August 23,2012. I never filed for unemployment because I figured I would b back to work before now. Can I still receive an unemployment check? I am married with 4 children.

  22. George Laker says:

    I am a goverment employee and I am required to work without pay, can I apply for un-employment benefits

  23. Michele Hahn says:

    What if your terminated because the jobs are all going to be outsourced, if I take a retirement plan can I collect unemployment as there will be no monthly income just health insurance that I have to pay for? Would I still qualitify for unemployment since there is no monthly pension check?

    • kathy says:

      Often when jobs are outsourced the employer reports those circumstances, identifying affected employees as a “special” class (I do not know the correct terminology). Please contact your local unemployment office, they will be able to assist you.

  24. Reginald Smith says:

    MY hours have been cut because of slow business, I only work 10 hours a week or less for the past few months. I’m I eligible for unemployment?

  25. Derrick West says:

    i filed a unemployment claim in ohio where i worked for a company named Fagen Inc.. i worked 19weedks so i had to combined wages from GA. I got laid off th fagen job but got fired frm KBR where i worked in GA and got Fired from GA west where i worked in GA i only worked at GA west for 3or4weeks worked at KBR like 4months. will me getting fired from my GA jobs stop me from gettn my uneployment in ohio?

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