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Updated : December 13th, 2021

Ohio Unemployment Benefits

Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in Ohio when you become unemployed, to find monetary support until you find another job. Submit your UI application to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) in the state of Ohio to avail the benefits.

Learn more about all the details such as the eligibility criteria, documents required to file for benefits, benefits extensions, etc. which you will need to know to file for a Ohio unemployment claim and receive benefits without any hurdles.

Eligibility to Apply for UI Benefits in Ohio

Before setting out to apply for benefits, find out whether you meet all the eligibility conditions set by the state of Ohio. To gain eligibility, you will need monetary eligibility, you must have to establish the cause for separation from your previous organization and must ensure and establish that you have been following all the set criteria throughout the ongoing benefits weeks.

Monetary Eligibility

The conditions set to receive unemployment benefits in Ohio is that you must have worked and earned ‘enough’ in ‘covered’ employment during the base period.

You must have worked for at least 20 weeks in covered employment during the base period, and average weekly wages of at least $261 during the base period.  Also, your previous job must be ‘covered’ employment, where the employer has duly paid the Unemployment Insurance taxes.

If you have worked for less than 20 weeks, and/or worked for an employer who has not paid the UI taxes, you will not be eligible for UI benefits in Ohio.

The state of Ohio calculates wages to verify the eligibility of the applicants using two methods- ‘regular’ base period and ‘alternative’ base period. The regular base period consists of the first four calendar-quarters of the previous five calendar-quarters prior to filing for benefits. For instance, if your claim begins from the first quarter of 2019, i.e., January 2019 – April 2019, your base period will begin from October – 2017 and end on September 30, 2018.

In the event if you have not worked for the minimum of 20 weeks or if your average weekly wages during your regular base period is less than the minimum set wages of $261, you can opt to check your eligibility using the alternative base period.

The alternative base period is the last four completed calendar quarters before the beginning of your benefit period. For instance, if your benefits period begins from quarter January-April 2019, your base period will be from January 2018 to December 2018. It must, however, be noted that this method will only be used if you do not qualify through the standard base period calculation.

To determine the weekly benefit amount, the state of Ohio follows a three-step process:

  • Compute your average weekly wage by dividing the total wages earned during the base period by the number of qualifying weeks during which you have worked in the base period. For instance, if your total wages were $30,000 with 30 qualifying weeks, your average weekly wages will then be (30,000/30) $1,000 average weekly wages.
  • Calculate 50 percent of your average weekly wages earned during the base period. For instance, if your average weekly wages were $1,000, 50 percent of that will be $500
  • Determine your number of dependents. You may receive higher benefit amounts if they have dependents to take care of. The maximum benefit amount, therefore, will depend on the number of dependents you have. Here’s the maximum unemployment benefits amount you can earn in Ohio:
    • If you do not have any dependents and have weekly wages of over $886 during the base period, the maximum you can earn is $443
    • If you have 1 to 2 dependents and have weekly wages of over $1,074, the maximum benefit amount you may earn is $537
    • Finally, if you have 3 dependents or more and have an average weekly wage of $1,196 or more, you may earn up to $598

    Find out more about eligibility requirements

    Job Separation

    The reason for your separation from your previous organization plays a crucial role in establishing your eligibility for unemployment benefits. The law in the state of Ohio mandates that you must have not lost your last job due a fault of your own.

    In other words, you must have left the job with a ‘good cause’ or your employer must have fired you without a ‘good cause’ to consider that you separated from the last organization due to no fault of your own.

    The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services largely classifies the reasons for job-separation as:

    • Lack of work: If you lose your job due to lack of work or reduction in work-capacity in your organization, it would be considered that you lost your job for no fault of your own
    • Quit or left your job: If you choose to resign or quit from your previous organization when you had the chance to continue, it will be considered that you caused your own unemployment. To get benefits when you resign from your job, you must establish that you had a ‘just cause’ to resign. Some of the acceptable ‘just causes’ are:
      • Your employer failed to meet the terms of the employment agreement
      • Your employer failed in providing a proper safety measure as mandated by law
      • Your employer violated moral, ethical or legal standards in the workplace
    • Discharged or Fired: If you got fired by your employer, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. If the employer establishes that you were fired for a ‘just cause’, you will not be entitled to UI benefits
    • Unemployment due to leave of absence: If you lost the job due to your decision to take unauthorized leave of absence, you will not be eligible for UI benefits in Ohio
    • Unemployed due to labor dispute: If you are unemployed due to labor disputes other than a lockout, you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits in Ohio

    Eligibility requirements – overview

    Maintaining Eligibility

    Once your application for benefits gets accepted and you start receiving benefits, you must follow certain guidelines to make sure that you receive the benefits without any hindrance.

    To receive your unemployment benefits without any disturbance, make sure you fulfill the following conditions:

    • You are physically and mentally available for work
    • You must be available for work at all times. To consider that you are available for work, you must be willing to accept work demanding you work at any shifts
    • If you are planning to take classes, you must notify ODJFS without fail, failing which you will not receive benefits from the following weeks
    • You must be actively looking forward to work throughout your benefit weeks till you land a job. You must submit your work-search report every time you file for benefits
    • You must approach at least two employers every week for work and the proof for which must be attached in your work-search report
    • As soon as your application gets approved, you must make sure to register with
    • You may be asked by the department to attend the Reemployment Service Program to help to find work before you exhaust your benefits. Failing to attend the program or failing to complete any activities given by the program will result in stoppage of your benefits.
    • You should accept any suitable offer made to you irrespective of the nature of shifts. Failing to do so will result in the suspension of your benefits
    • One of the most important conditions is that you must report all your income promptly and without fail. Failing to do so would not only result in the suspension of your benefits, but it will also result in an overpayment, which will have to be paid back with a penalty by the applicants

    Find out on job search requirements

    How To Apply For UI Benefits In Ohio?

    Make sure to carry the following documents to apply for unemployment benefits in Ohio:

    The following outlets are available to apply for benefits in Ohio:


    You may apply for benefits online at for immediate claim services throughout the day. You will be able to apply for benefits 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

    If you do not have computers, you may visit your local library or the OhioMeansJobs center where computers are made available for public use.


    You could also file for claims or restart an existing claim through a telephone call. Dial 1-877-644-6562 or if you wish to use the TTY line dial 1-614-387-8408 from 8 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday (except holidays) to file your claims. You may receive faster services if you call on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

    How To File Weekly Claims

    You may log in to the ODJFS online portal or connect through a telephone call to file your weekly claims.

    In order to maintain the confidentiality of the applicants, ODJFS mandates the users to create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) while filing for benefits the first time. Please note that your PIN will have the same legal authority as your signature on a paper document, Therefore, you must keep your PIN safe and not share it with anyone.

    If you think that your PIN is compromised and somebody else finds it out, you must immediately reset it at You may also request a new PIN by calling 1-866-962-4064 or visit your assigned processing center.

    Learn how to claim weekly benefits

    UI Benefits Amount

    This UI Benefits Calculator will help you to determine the approximate UI Benefits amount that you can presently receive in the state of Ohio.

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    Things To Know After Filing An Application

    After filing for unemployment benefits, it is important to acquaint yourself with the rules and regulations associated with Ohio Unemployment Insurance. Also, the ODJFS provides a catalog of services to help job-seekers find jobs and to build on their skill sets to improve their competitiveness in the job market.

    Overpayments and Fraud

    Overpayments occur when you end up receiving benefits which you were not entitled to. This may occur due to a number of reasons, such as the overturning of decisions made by appeal judgments, oversight made by applicants in submitting documents, or if you indulge in fraudulent activities.

    If it is found out that you’ve received an overpayment, a notice will be sent to you by ODJFS, which will explain:

    • Why the payment made you was not correct or disallowed
    • When the payments were made incorrectly
    • The total amount that is considered an overpayment
    • The penalty you owe to ODJFS if fraudulent activities were involved

    If it is established that your UI application is canceled due to fraud, you will be asked to pay the following penalties:

    • You will be expected to pay back the excessive amount
    • In addition to it, you will be charged with two penalty weeks for every week deemed as fraudulent
    • You will also be fined 25% of the total amount collected fraudulently

    You can repay the excessive amount via online money transfer by bank draft or credit card at You can also mail a check or money order payable to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Send a check or money order to the following address:

    Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

    Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations

    Attn: program Services, Finance Section

    P.O. Box 182059

    Columbus, Ohio 43218.

    If the overpaid amount is not paid back in full within 66 days from the day the notice was served, the case may be referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s office for collection. To recover the amount, not only will the department have the right to deduct your weekly benefits as a part of the recovery process, but the department will also have the right to deduct your state or federal tax returns at the source.

    If you believe that you were not overpaid, you may appeal against the notice within 21 days of receiving it.

    Benefits Extension

    The extension programs are generally given during times of high unemployment. You can visit or call the concerned authorities to know more about the current available Reemployment Assistance plans.

    Job Training Assistance

    Apart from issuing UI benefits, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an array of services to the applicants. The department helps job-seekers meet their prospective employers, and also help them improve their skill sets, helping them to become more competitive in the job market.

    Ohio’s OhioMeansJobs Centers offer a variety of services to the applicants for free of charge to help them make progress in their careers. Some of the important services provided by OMJ Centers are:

    • All users can use the resource room in the OMJ Centers. The resource room contains job listing, computers with the internet connection, copiers, fax machines, and telephones
    • Job-matching services are offered by OMJ Centers, which are carried out by trained professionals
    • OMJ Centers regularly hosts job-search orientations, which can be attended by all users
    • OMJ Centers accept applications for training and other intensive services. The center approves the applications on a case-by-case basis based on eligibility guidelines and funding availability
    • The center conducts users’ initial skill assessment and makes referrals to local resources and partner programs
    • It conducts re-employment workshops
    • It also provides group and individual career counseling sessions

    OMJ Centers can be found in all of Ohio’s 88 counties, click here to locate a center near you. You can also log in to its website to explore all the services provided by them.

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    Ohio Office Locations and Phone Numbers

    Here is a list of phone numbers you will need in the course of your benefit period:

    OH Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 614-644-2703
    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Toll-Free 1-866-227-6353
    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services TTY 1-866-221-6700
    Ohio Legal service 1-866-529-6446
    File for UI benefits in Ohio 1-877-644-6562
    File for UI benefits in Ohio TTY 1-614-387-8408
    To change your Email address 1-877-644-6562
    To get a new PIN 1-866-962-4064
    To get answers on questions relating to Appeal 1-877-574-0015
    Claims in Ohio are assigned to the processing center based on the last four digits of the applicants’ social security numbers. The phone numbers of the processing units are given below:
    Social Security Number Processing Center Phone Number
    0000-0822 1-866-576-0006
    0823-2055 1-866-768-0022
    2056-2786 1-866-849-0029
    2787-4384 1-800-589-2799
    4385-5252 1-866-844-0399
    5253-6622 1-866-867-0044
    6623-7672 1-866-221-0558
    7673-8586 1-866-541-0187
    8587-9999 1-866-272-0118
    Combined Wage Claims,Disaster Unemployment,Assistance Claims,Ex-Military Claims,and Federal Civilian Employee Claims 1-866-458-0007

    Frequently Asked Question

    Q. What is the procedure to request a new PIN?
    If you think that the security of your PIN is compromised, if you forgot your PIN, or if you want to change your PIN for any other reason, you may either reset it online at , or you may also may request a new one by calling (877) 644-6562 or your assigned processing center.
    In the event you incorrectly enter the PIN three times in a row, you will have to reset it. You can reset your PIN and immediately receive the new PIN if you have an email address on file with ODJFS. If you do not have an email address on file with ODJFS, the new PIN will be sent by U.S. mail
    Q. How to Reopen an Existing Ohio Unemployment Claim
    It may become necessary for you to reopen an existing Ohio unemployment claim if you suspend or cancel your unemployment because you found a job, and then later became unemployed again.
    Generally, you can reopen an existing unemployment claim by simply filing a weekly certification online or by phone -- just like you did every week when you receiving unemployment previously.
    In some cases, it may be necessary to speak to an unemployment counselor or start the process all over again in order to reopen an existing unemployment claim in Ohio. If this is the case, contact your unemployment counselor to get exact instructions on how to proceed.
    Q. How do I properly report earnings or income on my claim?
    Report any gross (before-tax) earnings for work performed while claiming unemployment benefits. Also, report any other income you may have received while claiming unemployment benefits. Report any earnings during the week you earned them, not the week you were paid them. Here’s an example showing how to calculate gross earnings: 10 hours worked X $10 per hour = $100 gross earnings to report on your weekly claim
    For step-by-step instructions on how to file a weekly claim online, see the Weekly Claim Flyer .
    Q. How will the payments be made to the claimants?
    The claimants may choose one of the two methods offered by ODJFS. When you file an application, you will be given an option to receive the benefits as a direct deposit into your account, or you can opt to receive a dedicated debit card.
    If you choose to receive a direct deposit, you may have to provide your bank’s name, complete address, routing number, and your account number.
    Q. How do I file an appeal if I don’t agree with my determination?
    If in case, you disagree with any decision made with respect to your claim, you may file an appeal and continue to file claims for any weeks you are unemployed. You must, however, remember to file the appeal within 21 days from the date the determination was issued.
    You can do so online at, by fax or by mail to the ODJFS processing center identified on your determination notice. Appeal instructions are listed at the bottom of your determination. If you have questions, call (877) 574-0015 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This number is toll-free.
    Q. Should I seek work if I am returning to my last employer or I have a definite return-to-work date?
    Your work-search requirement could be waived if you are expected to return to work within 45 days and if your employer promptly verifies this information. It also could be waived if you are enrolled in approved training or if you’re a member in good standing with a union that refers individuals to jobs.
    However, If your expected return-to-work date is longer than 45 days, your work search will not be waived.
    Q.What is a Monetary Affidavit?
    If you receive a Monetary Affidavit after applying for unemployment benefits, it indicates that more information is needed about your case. The affidavit contains information verified by your former employer(s), including the number of weeks you worked and the total wage you earned, which you are expected to review carefully.
    If there are errors or missing wages, enter the correct information in the appropriate boxes. Also gather any verifiable proof of your corrections, such as copies of your W2 or pay stubs. Sign and date the affidavit and return it by the deadline date to either the fax number or the mailing address on the form. Be sure to include the documents that prove your correction was accurate.
    Q. Under what circumstances will I be asked to restart my claim?
    You will be asked to restart your claim if there was a break in filing your weekly claims. This could have happened because:
    • You earned more than your weekly benefit amount.
    • You had a week of work followed by a week of no work, regardless of earnings.
    • You stopped filing weekly claims for any other reason.
    Q. What does it mean if my payment is in “pay held” status?
    If your application for benefits was approved previously, and if one or more of your weekly claims is showing as “pay held,” please make sure you have responded to all notices or requests for information. If you believe you have responded to all notices, please know that it may take up to 7 business days for the information to be reviewed. If additional information is needed, someone from our agency will contact you.

    Questions & Answers

    1. I have an employee who has worked in more than one state during a base period and need instructions on how to file a combined wage claim?

      • Dear Allonne,

        The employee should file for benefits in both states, clarifying the base period for both states. If he or she worked in both states at the same time, the wages can be broken down as a percent (50% in Ohio, and 50% in Other State). If they worked part of their time in Ohio, then transferred to Other state, these periods must be listed separately.

        Please contact the Ohio office if the online application does not allow you to break down separate base periods. Obviously, you don’t want a denial because Ohio and/or the Other State claims there aren’t enough earnings in the base period to qualify.

        The attached document explains Base Period and Alternate Base Period. It is for California, but most states us the same system. See pages 4 thru 6.



    2. If I work for a temporary service for over a year and get involuntarily fires can I receive benefits

      • Temporary and contract jobs are generally not eligible since employers’ do not pay the relevant taxes into the system.

        Please inquire further by calling the Unemployment Office.

    3. Hi, I am an Ohio resident who has around 8 months of recent work history in PA. I am just now getting laid off for this winter and was wondering if I had enough time to collect benefits through PA or do I still have to collect from my last Ohio claim?

    4. If I am hired as a temporary employee during someone’s maternity leave will the hours I work for this employer be included in the computation of eligibility and also for benefit amounts

      • I am about opening a Limited liability company Health Care) and for me to proceed the application documents , they are asking me for Unemployment Compensation verification . so please i will like to know how do i go about getting this verification documents.

        • Fred,

          Please note this is a private website and we do not have access to the official system. Please call the Unemployment Office to determine the procedure.

      • Temporary jobs are generally not eligible.

        Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office on the inclusion part.

    5. HI, I just got hired at a new job but I have irregular hours for the next 2 weeks until school gets started. This means I won’t receive a full paycheck and will be paid under the amount that I normally receive from unemployment. My question is can I still file an unemployment claim for those two weeks if my paycheck is low due to only working a few hours a week? Also, do I have to keep applying for new jobs to get paid?

      • You can be eligible to claim Unemployment Insurance for a reduction in the standard hours.

        Since you have a job, you’ll not be required to apply for new jobs. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

    6. I was unemployed. I am working now. Why do they continue to email me about job opportunities and my correspondence inbox? When will it stop? I did my last week a week ago.

      • Please look for the option to “Unsubscribe” in the email.

        Alternatively, you can call the Unemployment Office for further instructions in this regard.

    7. When do you stop filing for benefits? When you Physically start work or once you collect a paycheck from a job? I won’t get paid for like 3 weeks after I start work.

      • You must report the change in job status to the Unemployment Office in your state immediately and stop filing as per instructions provided by them.

      • I recently signed up for social security and I am working part time. I found out today I’m getting laid off Fri. Can I draw unemployment plus my social security benefits?

        • Peggy,

          You should be able to, provided you qualify basis your earnings and hours worked. Please call the Unemployment Office before applying.

      • Please call the customer service on the phone numbers provided for further information.

        Some states do allow both in succession.

    8. nice 2 see my money going 2 California, I can’t fill a script though 2 actually get job in ohio cause agents suck @ there job.

      • I am afraid there are no extensions available at this time.Please check with the labor dept in your state.

    9. Thinking of resigning my position due to health. High stress job has caused anxiety and depression. Can I still collect unemployment.

    10. I was recently let go from 1 job due to lack of work. I qualified for unemployment benefits because I was at job 1 for almost 3 years. Shortly after I was let go-about 10 days-I did manage to find work-less pay but full time and more than I would be getting if I were collecting unemployment. Problem is I really do not like the job at all. In fact-I hate it. Too much work and they keep adding more on me. Can I quit the second job and collect from my original claim which was approved?

    11. I work 2 part time jobs and one job let me go after 9 years. I still have the other job but counted on both jobs as income. Can I collect unemployment from the job I was let go from?

    12. After 19 years at an agency, I did resign due to breach of contract and age descrimination. Seven years ago I moved positions with in the agency and was promised a $2.00 raise first year and $2.00 second year then merit raises after that- 7 years later I still have not received the first $2.00 raise. Also, 6 months ago a new person was hired in for the exact same job at $3.50 more an hour than I made. I am 45 and she is in her 20’s. Would I qualify for unemployment?

    13. I quit one job and became employed with another employer. Sadly this employer had to lay me off. I have been approved for unemployment benefits but recently received a notice from ODJFS that the 1st employer is requesting relief from this as I did not leave due to lack of employment needs from this employer. They are referring to this as “Fact Finding”. I told them that I quit due to Sexual Harassment to include employer exposing himself. Very awful job and took the second position. Why and or how is this going to effect my benefits? I was laid off by employer number 2 not them. Should I just try to find an attorney. I have desperately tried to move forward with my life and not sue but he is also giving me a terrible reference.

    14. I live in Miami County and have been disabled (non work related) since Sept 2012 and been unable to return to work. I have talked to my employer and they claim that due to my disability this situation would not reflect as quitting my job, but having to be let go due to a medical disability. I am in process of filing for Social Security Disability, would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

    15. My job was closed for good and our employer has no place to send me. Can I apply for umployment even if I draw S/S

      • I received a layoff from my company due to financial problems they are having. Two other female employees were also laid off.
        Do I qualify for unemployment insurance compensation? Worked for the company five years and two months, on a part-time basis. (20 hrs./week).

        • Deborah,

          To qualify, the claimant is required to have a certain number of active employment and earnings. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to determine eligibility or visit the official website to learn more.

    16. I’m currently about to exit my military service honorably and will be attending a college university full time. I heard that there is a CAT program that allows you to collect unemployment while I’m receiving my benefits from my service in the military. is there any truth behind this and if its not the CAT program what program is it?

    17. I have been a 1099 worker since last September. I pay all my FICA and other taxes. Am I eligible to file for unemployment when I can not find work?

    18. If the employee was termed and not eligible for your company unemployment, then he works for 8 to 10 weeks, is he still eligible for the previous company which was previously denied?

    19. I was recently terminated from employment from the Ashland Municipal Court by the Judge. No reason given I was salaried at approximately $26500.00 per year. I currently received a Ohio Police and Fire Pension Check of approximately $36000.00 a year…
      Do I qualify for Unemployment Benefits, even though I receive the aforemention pension benefits.

    20. I was forced to resign my position at a local nursing home. I was not allowed to work my notice. It was stated,”It would be in your best interest if you resigned now.” The company allowed me to have my 2% increase that was due 8/15, and gave me payment for the two weeks vacation I just received after 1 year. Am I eligible to file unemployment due to being forced to leave?

    21. If my employer has asked me to take an early retirement and they will give me a lump sum payment of $21,000 as an incentive to accept the offer. Would I be elegible for unemployment if I accept?

      I am approx 10 years away from planned retirement and would not be drawing any pension payments if I do take the buyout.

    22. I was laid off in Ohio, and could not find a job so I moved back to CA. Can I still collect OH unemployment benefits, or can my income be transfered to CA?


      • You must be approved in the state you were laid off in and the benefits will continue to be paid from that same state. You must check your state’s department of economical services, unemployment compensation. You are required to file with Ohio as you worked there and your payments will be sent to California.

      • One of those requirements is that you have worked 20 qualifying work weeks. A qualifying work week is one in which you earned $215 before taxes or deductions. This ensures that only those who have performed a significant amount of work receive benefits in Ohio.

    23. I have been working part-time at Fashion Bug, a retail store for the past 3 years. The entire chain of 700 stores will be closing by January of 2013. My Medina County, Ohio store will be closing in August of 2012. I tried to figure if I will be eligible for unemployment, but my average earnings are only figuring to be about $159.00 per week over the past 76 weeks. How can I find out before the store closes? I read that you must have $222 per week minimum. Thank you.

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