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Unemployment rate takes a steep drop in Ohio

Updated : June 20th, 2019

Fewer Ohioans spent time in the unemployment line in November as the jobless rate turned sharply down in November. According to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent, down a half percent from October’s 9 percent figure for the first time since December 2008.

For understanding the unemployment benefits available in Ohio, refer to Ohio unemployment claims guide

In November, the number of jobless people in Ohio was 496,000, down from 526,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 69,000 in the past 12 months from 565,000. As per the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio’s wage and salary employment increased 6000, over the month from 5,107,500 in October to 5,1113,500 in November.  Job and Family Services Spokesman, Ben Johnson says that Ohio’s jobless rate has gone down a notch and the number of unemployed has dropped by 30,000 which could highlight the number of people who have stopped searching for job and did not apply for extension of unemployment  benefits. Payrolls outside of farms also declined, by 600.

The 6.7% unemployment rate of Franklin County was higher than the region’s but is still improved on its 7.6% rate in October as nearly 2500 more people went to work.  Earlier this year, the rate was 7.9 percent and the labor force has shrunk by 3900 people as compared with a month earlier.

The region’s lowest unemployment rate belongs to Delaware County where 5000 jobless people represent 5.5 percent of the civilian labor force. However, the Pickaway Country has 2100 people unemployed, giving it an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, an improvement on 9 percent in October but still the highest in the region.

The state added jobs in hospitality, manufacturing, leisure and educational and health services. Number of service providing industries has risen up to 5600 from October. Most significant jobs gains were seen in Ohio’s trade, utilities, financial activities and transportation industries. The only service sector losses were in government and professional and business services.

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  1. I work for a church pre school program and I have lost my job due to coronavirus. When I applied for unemployment in Texas it says that two does not except this employer as my last employer. I’ve been working there for 13 years. What do I do?

  2. Chad ….. how do I get thru when it wont accept my ID or my password. I change it 5 times and it still wont work. Calling is not working at any time when I spend and whole day calling back to back to get thru. why don’t they just help or force the employers ( company) to place they claims in for their workers like GM did……I NEED HELP…PLEASE.

    1. Chad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. i live in ga…all the day cares have shut down my wife and i have full time jobs,,,but i have to leave my company which i have been there for over two years,to take care of our child….can i still collect unemployment…this covid virus is why i have to leave my job…

    1. Gary,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  4. are you kidding me my son lost his job on 10/17/2020 hes mentally challenged and cant file on his own because he doesn’t know how so I started going to sites trying to file for him and the residence inn Marriott promised to help him and have done zip . ive tried 10 different sites and I keep getting dropped wen I complete forms and push submit. 12 days now n still cant file a claim.

    1. Martin,

      There’s only one website you should be trying from. Please let us know your state and we’ll share the website information.

  5. I have submitted my forms EXACTLY as I was instructed too on line. Even though I have filled out the paperwork correctly I keep getting emails asking for me to fill out the form that I have done multiple times already. Remuneration – Claimant Questionnaire is the issue. I got online and requested a phone call. 3 days ago. I just need to know that you guys received everything and I don’t owe any more information.
    Nobody answers the 617-626-6800 number. Just get directed to the internet. Well, you can’t speak with the internet. I am getting mixed messages and I fret that this will delay any benefits.
    Could someone please give me a call.

    1. James,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. This is a private forum and we’ll not be able to arrange a callback.

  6. I work for a church that has grown it’s congregation over almost 40 years and we now have 26 mostly full time employees, most being here many years. Will our employees be able to file and receive benefits since we are an EXEMPT from paying unemployment industry? State of Florida

  7. My unemployment benefits ran out 3/1/2020 am I able to file for extended benefits ? I live in California and am 62 years old.

    1. Ariana,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

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