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Ohio Unemployment Extension

Since 2008, federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits have been available to eligible Ohioans. These extensions were made possible by multiple acts of Congress, including the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, signed by the president on January 2, 2013. The current legislation extends deadlines for the program through December 2013, as shown in the chart below.

Who is eligible to receive this extension? Unemployed individuals who satisfy all of the following criteria could qualify if they:

  • had an unemployment application in effect as of May 5, 2007, or later;
  • have exhausted all regular state UC benefits;
  • have no rights to regular UC or extended benefits under any other state unemployment compensation law or federal law or in Canada.

What are individuals eligible for?

Individuals may be eligible to receive EUC benefits, which are offered in stages known as “tiers.” Each tier must be exhausted before the next tier may begin. The following chart shows the maximum possible course of benefits, in order of payment:

  • Regular UC (state-funded by employer contributions) – up to 26 weeks
  • Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – up to 37 weeks  (depending on the timing of available tiers)
EUC Tier


Weeks of benefits available between September 2012 – January 12, 2013 Weeks of benefits available between January 13 –  May 4, 2013 Weeks of benefits available between May 5, 2013 – December 2013
Tier 1 14 14 14
Tier 2 14 14 14
Tier 3 9* 0 9**
Tier 4 0 0 0
Total 37 28 37

*Claimants who start EUC Tier 3 benefits before January 12, 2013, may continue to receive up to 9 weeks of EUC Tier 3 benefits.

**Claimants who exhausted their EUC Tier 2 benefits after January 12, 2013, may establish EUC Tier 3 benefits effective May 5, 2013, or after.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Karen Pytel says:

    So,if we haven’t been able to find a job after the 26 weeks we’re screwed. When I lost my job,my paperwork from my employer stated 50 weeks. I am 58 with a whole laundry list of medical issues…who’s going to hire me?

  2. Franki Jaye says:

    my 26 weeks are up for my unemployment, I see we can file for a extension in Ohio, but can we refile?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  3. Dave says:

    here’s a joke, Ohio’s unemployment. We had great paying jobs, leaved with out the government’s help, we get layed off, no one wants to hire you because the job is so good everyone known once you get a call you will go back. so know here I am in line at the welfare. so looks like I’m on the other side of the fence. upside is looks like the Ohio Unemployment employees will be paying me after all! SO #$%^ you all!!

  4. Scott says:

    He says rev up job searches. Good joke. About as good as Kasich’s 417,000 good jobs he’s created. Will they ever base unemployment on people who are actually not working, or will it always be based on the amount of people getting and applying for UE? My benefits are up and I’m screwed. I have 2 young kids so it makes no sense for me to get a minimum wage job because I’ll have to pay for day care and that will be more than would make. Since my benefits have run out, stats will show UE HAS GONE DOWN but I’m still unemployed.

    • Martin says:

      Well, do we have a choice other than looking for a job? Please note UI benefits are extended only on a temp basis until you find a job.

      Relying on it for a long time will do no good.

  5. Jason says:

    This country spends billions of dollars on the exploration of Mars and feeding foreign children but after 26 weeks when I lose my house and can’t feed my kids and have to live under the Market St. bridge, who do I turn to? Alysa Milano or Sally Struthers?

  6. Jason says:

    I’ve been laid off twice in my entire life once when I was 19 and now. I’m 37. I’m being told that I can only get help for 26 weeks. It’s BS! What happened the 20%-25% for the last 18 years that I’ve paid in taxes and into unemployment?

  7. Jason says:

    What does the unemployment rate of the entire state of Ohio have to do with the unemployed individual? So people like myself get boned because we cant afford to work at Taco Bell or DG? Doesn’t make sense that the higher the rate the better the chance of an extension. Wouldn’t a lower rate mean less people to help? More funds available!? Yay America!

    • Martin says:


      We can understand your frustration. The only way out of this situation is by revving up job searches so that there is a permanent end to the ordeal.

  8. Karen says:

    Extensions for Unemployment available in Ohio, if expired when benefits end can we still apply for extension at later date upon opening of extension in Ohio if still unemployed ?

  9. Bill says:

    If I file for unemployment benefits before this legislation H.B. 394 passes both house and Senate in Ohio and is signed by the governor will I still get my full 26 weeks of benefits being that it was filed before its passing ?

  10. Tom Sanford says:

    Is there any extensions available in Ohio, A’s of 1-21-16

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  11. Jerry Norris says:

    My benefits became exhausted. Can I recieve an extension?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  12. Ann says:

    If i have or qualify for 48 weeks of benifits why am i only allowed 26 weeks?

    • Martin says:

      Please revisit the claim.

      One can only receive up to 26 weeks of Unemployment Compensation on the basis of what they have been approved for. Never heard of a 48 week claim.

  13. Rebecca Harkless says:

    My Unemployment benefit year end date says it’s 5/14/2016 yet I receive my last check this week. My benefit time was supposed to be 50 weeks but I only received a dollar amount for 27 weeks. Can I not get an extension for my remaining benefit year? If not, why?

  14. Harold Zimmer says:

    My unemployment benefits have reached the maximum 26 weeks, what steps do I take to seek an extension?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  15. barbara neeley says:

    my 26 weeks of ohio unemployment benefits has expired. can I file for an extension? If so, how?

  16. Mark Mraz says:

    I am aware there are no current unemployment benefit extensions available in Ohio, but what other benefits are available?

    • Adrian says:

      Please research online for specific benefits in your state.

      They may be provided by other departments/agencies.

  17. Kathleen Drake says:

    I just ran out of unemployment benefits. Worked in the state of Ohio and live in Kentucky. How do I go about getting an extension of these benefits?1

    • Adrian says:


      Unfortunately, there is no extension available. Please lookout for other forms of benefits in your state for jobless workers.

  18. Diana Watkins says:

    My 26 weeks ended last week and I was wondering if I could get an extension?

    • Adrian says:


      There is no extension available. Regular state provided UI is all that is available.

      Please explore other form of benefits in your state.

  19. Marta Malavich says:

    My 26 weeks of unemployment benefits will run out in October 2014. Will there be any extensions available for me?

  20. Bonnie says:

    Week of 4/21 is last week of payment for my benefits
    will there be any extensions ?

    • Adrian says:

      There are no extensions available at this time.

      They may become available soon.Please track updates with the labor dept in your state.

  21. randy says:

    My tier 2 Fed unemployment will end 2nd week of Jan. 2014, will I qualify for the 9 wks. tier 3 extension?

  22. frederick griffin says:

    I started my extension in 8/13 and it is to expire on 12/13 will I be able to apply and receive additional benefits if still unemployed?

  23. dennis taylor says:

    Will I be eligible for tier 3 benefits,when my tier 2 extention benefits end in November 2013. Thank you.

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