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Ohio Unemployment Application

How to Apply for OH Unemployment Benefits?

  1. If you have been separated from work, you can file your initial claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment.
  2. You can file your first claim in one of the two ways: by calling the TeleClaim Center or visiting a One-Stop Career Center close to you. Unluckily, you cannot file an initial claim online at this time.
  3. Have your entire information ready before filing your claim.
  4. If you have received severance pay upon your separation from work, you may still be eligible for unemployment benefits, so it is still important to call to file your initial claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment.
  5. If eligible for unemployment benefits, you can expect to receive your first payment in 3-4 weeks if there are no issues with your claim.
  6. In general, it takes approximately 3 weeks to process a claim; however, you will still need to claim benefits every week.

Information needed is as follows

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. The year you were born
  3. Your home address and telephone number
  4. Whether you have filed an unemployment insurance claim in your state or in any other state during the past 12 months
  5. Your last day of employment
  6. The names and addresses of all of the employers you have worked for during the 15 months prior to filing your claim and the dates you worked for each of these employers. If you are reopening a claim, be ready with the same information for the past 8 weeks
  7. The reason that you are no longer working or that your hours have been reduced The names, dates of birth and social security numbers for any dependent children, if you are going to apply for dependency allowance
  8. Your alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen

If You Are Not a United States Citizen

You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.

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Read Frequently Asked Questions for Claimants in Ohio

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  1. My job is closeing down I have 3 kids and need help while looking for another job can i apply for unemployment.?

    • Stephanie,

      I can understand your situation. It looks like you’re losing employment due to a ‘layoff’ situation. Please consider applying for unemployment benefits until you find another job.

  2. I have been unemployed since the end of January due to workers comp case. I have a family to provide for and Im getting nothing…

    • To be eligible, you’re required to have active employment with qualifiable earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  3. I was unempoloyed for 2 weeks… I got accepted to another job starting in 1 week… am I able to file for unemployment for the 3 week gap? Also.. I lost my medical benefits for my family… am I able to get that extended until the other insurance at the new job kicks in?

    • Please note there is no federal extension available. Since you’re already employed, you will not be able to apply for the past weeks.

      You may call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  4. My husband was fired and we have filed a charge with the EEOC for discrimination. Can he file for unemployment benefits even though the reason he was given for termination is not true, which is why we are filing with the EEOC?

    • Yes, he can.

      The burden of providing the proof in case of a dispute is on you. If they deny during the initial processing, please file an “Appeal”.

    • As long as you were laid off due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible.

      Please read the content of this page thoroughly to understand the process.

  5. I was in a accident on 05 2016 I had to leave my job because I messed up my back and hip I am going to the doctor Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

    • Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    • Please file online or over the phone. Use the link below to access the required information.

  6. My son was in a very serious car accident a month ago. He won’t be able to return to work for probably 4-6 months, depending on how the physical therapy helps and his doctor/surgeon’s assessment of his recovery.
    He worked as a mechanic prior to the accident. Is he eligible to draw unemployment during his time off from work?

    • He may not be eligible since Unemployment Benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

      Please explore provisions under the Workers Comp. scheme for available benefits.

    • Betty,

      This is a private forum and therefore, we do not have access to your account.

      Please call the claims center.

  7. The application on the website is stating that my last name is invalid and to re-enter it, however, it will not let me change the information in the field. It will not let me proceed in starting my application. I have called the call center for hours this morning, trying every number on your website and all of them route me to the same message that the call center is experiencing large volumes of callers and to logon to the website to submit an application, but the system is not letting me change anything.

    • Please keep trying, the only way out. We do not have access to the systems.

      Probably, it has recorded an incorrect last name.

  8. We do a shut down at work for 4 weeks and then we come back and have a hourly cut till summer , can I still qualify for unemployment

    • Seasonal employment that includes scheduled time off does not qualify. You may not be eligible.

      Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

  9. I have been employed with the same company for 16 months, typically working 36 hours per week. I have been reduced to only 12-16 hours per week through no fault of my own Am I eligible for any benefits?

    • You should be able to claim for the reduced hours.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office and apply accordingly.

  10. Am I eligible for unemployment due to my employer letting me go because they said my performance didn’t meet their standards?

  11. I need to leave my current job because my husband switched jobs and we are moving to another state currently 2 hrs away from where my current job is. We also have 2 minor children together. Will I qualify for unemployment? Also my work is in OH, and I am moving to IN, so do I need to file in OH then?

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  12. I quit my job the end of December, 2013. Would I still be able to apply for unemployment? My reason for quitting was my health and to take care of my mother who had dementia.

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  13. I received a ruling from the Ohio Unemployment Review Commission that I was eligible for benefits the week of April 26, 2014. I had previously been denied benefits for that week. Do I need to re-file a claim?

    • Why don’t you re direct this question to the labor dept in your state? Please call them to check.

  14. MY son lost his job due to a serious illness. He is not computer literate. Where does he go to fill out an application or who does he call to get help with an application?

  15. I was working and was never informed that my job was terminated until the very last day Feb 11, 2013. I have been off work for 8 months and I want to no if I qualify for unemployment benefits

    • You should have applied the day you lost your job!!! But, you can still apply and unless you were terminated for something substantial against your employer, you will qualify.

  16. I have been off from work for 4 months on the count of illness and I wanted to see is I qualify for unemployment thank you

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