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Ohio Unemployment Eligibility

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • Be a resident of Ohio.
  • Must be physically able to work and available for work.
  • You should be partially or totally unemployed while applying for unemployment benefits.
  • You must be actively looking for a suitable new job.
  • You were not fired with even-minded cause.
  • You did not quit your job unless you had an even-minded cause.
  • If you have filed a claim previously, you need to have worked for at least 6 weeks and met a total income requirement before you can file a new claim.

Monetary Eligibility

  • The claimant must have worked a minimum of 20 qualifying weeks in covered employment during the base period.
  • Must have an average weekly wage of at least $230.00 during the base period before taxes and deductions.
  • Your previous job must have earned take-home pay adequate to cover your living expense.
  • The minimum benefits amount in Ohio is $115 and the maximum benefits amount in Ohio is $413 for a claimant who has zero dependents. If you have one or more dependents, the dependency classification chart will be able to help you.
  • Part-time employment payments are almost always not considered.
  • Special rules that apply to unemployment eligibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your military or union representative for these rules.

You will get a minimum of 20 weeks on the standard unemployment claim in Ohio. For each week worked more than the 20-week minimum to be eligible, you will obtain an extra week of benefits, up to maximum of 26 weeks. Your total benefit is the weekly benefit amount multiplied by the number of weeks allowed.

Eligibility Questions

What if I am fired?

Employees who have been discharged for “just cause” (misconduct) with regard to employment are not qualified to unemployment insurance benefits. Hence, if you have been fired for misconduct, then you will not be eligible to receive any unemployment compensation benefits.

On the other hand, if you are fired for reasons that do not rise to the level of misconduct, will usually be eligible to collect unemployment compensation benefits for the resulting period of unemployment.

I am yet to be laid off. What is my eligibility status?

Ohio considers being laid off from a job as being unemployed through no mistake of your own. However you must have been working for at least 20 weeks of the preceding 52 weeks. You must also have made an average of at least $230 a week.

You must also work for an employer who is required to pay unemployment insurance; most employers are needed to contribute. The Ohio Office of Unemployment Compensation will need your previous employer to confirm you were laid off.

I am planning to quit my job for a certain reason. Can I avail unemployment?

Generally if you quit your job, you are not qualified to collect unemployment benefits unless you quit for a good cause. “Cause” here means some occasion or situation that would lead a sensible employee in that incident to quit.

The situation has to be pretty bad, for example, intolerable working conditions before you are right in quitting. Usually, you must give your employer the chance to correct the unbearable condition. Likewise, in a unionized setting, you can look for the help of your union in correcting the situation.

However, you must still apply for benefits, as the state may concur that you had good cause to quit. In any occasion, you have nothing to

However, you should still apply for benefits, because the state may agree that you had good cause to quit. In any event, you have nothing to miss by applying.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Ron Miller says:

    recently received ultimatum from VP of sales……”Resign or be put on 30 day program you won’t be able to meet anyway”. They offered me 2 weeks severance if I quit. I said I can’t quit, but it’s not fair to put me on a program you know I won’t meet (sales target). I met with HR who was unaware VP said this to me. HR told me not to worry and that they would not CONTEST this with unemployment. I did NOT officially send any email or sign any document saying I quit. I left the office, received 2 weeks severance and applied for unemployment. It was denied twice, because the employer DID contest this and told them I quit. I have appeal hearing tomorrow. Do I have any chance here? Ron

    • Sam says:

      Ron,

      You will have a chance only if you make a strong case and present facts and paperwork. Please prepare and best wishes!

  2. David says:

    I recently went to jail and while in jail the company I worked for merged and was taken over by another company I worked there for 9 months and was one of the best their. I was fired because they couldn’t hold my position, and filled it thus; terminating my employment. I worked there almost nine months in Cleveland Ohio. What do I do, and can I file?

    • Sam says:

      I am not sure if you will be eligible to claim for employment from the jail.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to inquire further.

  3. Linda Houseworth says:

    I have a part time job working 16 to 20 hours a week. During the last 3 months, my hours have been cut, now only 4 and half hours per week. Can I get unemployment benefits?

  4. William Clark says:

    I’ve worked overseas for a US Govt Contractor for the last 25 years and will be laid off in a couple of weeks. I am a homeowner in Ohio and plan on moving back there. Will I be able to draw Unemployment if I move back to Ohio?

    • Sam says:

      If your employer remitted the relevant taxes to the U.S govt., you can be eligible to claim Unemployment Compensation.

      Please find out if they did and apply accordingly when you return.

  5. maria says:

    What constitutes good cause for leaving a work place? If not a union based company how do you resolve a situation that has been placed as an absolute decision?

    • Sam says:

      This is a tricky question. There are multiple reasons that are accepted.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  6. maria says:

    My brother is a truck driver who has been forced to go from hourly to percentage with no dominating factor to base it on. Also, they are forcing him to move to another location in the same state. Does he have a right to leave and file for unemployment?

    • Sam says:

      A citizen can be eligible to quit and claim under such circumstances. Please ask your brother to call the Unemployment Office before making a decision on the employment front.

  7. Rob says:

    I worked two weeks after filing my unemployment weekly claim,will it effect my benefits?the job was only part time

    • Martin says:

      Well, I don’t think it will have a bearing.

      To be on a safer side, please call the Claims Center and let them know about this income.

  8. Sandra Bridgeman says:

    My husband and I are relocating to another’s state,, If I quit my job of 15 years will I be eligible for unemployment benifits?

    • Martin says:

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

  9. rachid goumghar says:

    I just buy my semi truck leasing for fed ex after 2 weeks my truck blew up I cant afford to fix it and I have to pay monthly bank payments for this truck and rent plus bills .am I qualify for any benefits in ohio if so so what kind .

    • Martin says:

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office by calling them. Not sure of your eligibility.

  10. Dennis Burghardt says:

    ok i am laid off i worked full time for 29 years when i quit to move out of state for another job that job was through an employment agency it lasted almost 3 months since then i moved back to Ohio and have worked for 2 different companies the last one laid me off after a month and a half wondering how that affects any unemployment benefits

    • Martin says:

      If you’ve have employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters and the reason for separation from the immediate previous job was anything but voluntary, you can be eligible.

  11. Frank says:

    I’am 62 getting unempolyment I’am going to file for S.S.will this change me unempolyment. I’am going to keep working if I can find work even after my S.S.starts. Thanks

    • Martin says:

      It may have a bearing on the Unemployment Compensation received.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state.

  12. Shelly says:

    If a 9 year full-time employee is reduced to part-time can they receive unemployment benefits? I think some of the full-time employees at my job may be reduced to part-time.

    • Martin says:

      If the reduction is due to involuntary reasons, please speak the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  13. John Kuznicki says:

    I recently received a notification received in my unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov correspondence Inbox received on 23-DEC-2015 titled “NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY ISSUE“ The notification conveyed “On 12/22/2015 ,the following eligibility issue was raised: No longer unemployed – New Hire (RTW), the source of the issue is Cross Match, this issue may affect your unemployment benefits beginning on 12/20/2015.

    The statement of me being no longer being unemployed is an error. I am suspecting it is related to inaccurate paperwork filed by the company I was laid off from. The notification and following questions I responded to indicated I was employed by another company that no longer exists but was bought out in Nov 2000. I had reported to a manager from the location of the bought out company in 2002. However, the name of the company bought out fell under the name of the company I was employed with until recently.

    I had been receiving unemployment Benefits up through 24-DEC-2015. However, I did not receive unemployment for 28-DEC-2015. I have completed the questions prompted to be completed from the notification indicating that I was still unemployed and had not been hired by the company previously bought out in November 2000 my previous employer. I have also requested Fact Finding Interview with regards to the notification I received. These were both done by the deadline indicated in the notification. Additionally, I have contacted my prior employer asking they correct the error in employment status if the error was sourced through them. Lastly I have made several attempts to speak with someone from my designated unemployment processing center but have not made any progress in talking with a liver person.

    What other things can I do to have this addressed and understand why the lack of payment for the one week. Is this a matter of poor timing due to the holidays and the Ohio unemployment office is simply just behind processing claims and following up requested Fact Finding Interview.

    Thank You for any response on this matter, John

    • Martin says:

      Please try finding other phone numbers on the official website or see if you can visit an office in your locality for assistance. If there is a dispute from your employer, they may decide to stop processing your claims.

      If need be, ask for an adjudicator. Best Wishes!

  14. Bill says:

    I worked from June 1 thru December 11, 2015 (28 weeks). Applied for unemployment but was denied. They looked at alternate base period from Oct 2014 thru Sept 2015-I do not have 20 weeks worked in this period. First time for unemployment-I can appeal the denial. Am I entitled or not?

  15. bo says:

    I was fired from my job after my fmla ran out due to my health. would I qualify for unemployment.

    • Martin says:

      Generally, voluntary reasons are not considered. You may not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  16. Reba Yo says:

    We are in the process of closing our business. One of our employees has been offered other jobs but has not accepted any and told coworkers he thinks he’ll just stay home and collect unemployment for awhile. Can his unemployment claim be denied since he’s choosing not to accept job offers?

    • Martin says:

      That is correct. Denying relevant jobs can result in suspension of claim payments.

      Please report this matter to the Unemployment Office in your state.

  17. Richard says:

    I was not given a supervisor job that I have been performing for months. Now my company wants me to train the new supervisor and I don’t want to seems unfair to me. I want to resign or I might get fired for refusing to train him. Can I possibly collect unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      It may be considered voluntary making you ineligible to receive unemployment compensation.

      Please check with the unemployment office in your state.

  18. Phil says:

    I worked in a laboratory at Case Western University for two years under separate one year contracts. The second year it was not renewed. It was a verbally bullying environment not conducive to my well being. I did not want to continue working there and my boss also thought it the right decision to not renew. Would this qualify?

    • Martin says:

      Generally, contracted employees do not qualify to receive UI benefits. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  19. Sue says:

    I was receiving unemployment benefits. I obtained a job but left after 2 days because it was requiring me to move. Can I still get benefits under my current unemployment.

    • Martin says:

      I guess you should be able to without any hassles.

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

  20. Amanda says:

    If someone is fired for attendance after FMLA has been exhausted, would they be eligible for Unemployment?

    • Jeff says:

      Unemployment insurance is only extended to those who are laid off for involuntary reasons. You may not qualify.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  21. Christina bentley says:

    Have been at my job for 11 yes, they want to reduce my pay will I be eligible ? They have not given me opportunity in the past to learn what apparently they need me to know immediately and not sure if it can happen when they want it

  22. erinn says:

    My boss is saying she is going to close. I have been there a little over 2 years. I work 30 hrs a week and get paid 6.50 an hour. If she goes under I can’t apply to help my family???

  23. laura says:

    I have worked for the same co. for 24 years I have been turmenated can i colect

  24. T R says:

    Im an owner operator truck driver, I was leased to a company in Cols, but my truck blew up and I dont have the money to fix it, my Identity was stolen and someone else filed taxes under my SS#, so now the IRS wont process my taxes for 180 days and I have no income to help support my family

    • Adrian says:

      I can understand your problem.However, self employment is generally not considered as a qualifier.

      Please research for other benefits your state has to offer that suits your condition.

  25. Richard says:

    I s a laid-off hospice chaplain eligible to collect unemplyment benefits when he/she meets all of the other qualifications?

    • Adrian says:

      I am not sure in the case as UI compensation is generally extended to citizens who are on rolls of a company as the employers would have paid taxes towards the UI program.

      Please speak to the customer service of the labor dept in Ohio for more details regarding this.

  26. Brenda says:

    I work part time about 24 hours a week. The company I work for is starting to lay off. Would I be able to draw unemployment with only working part time. I was full time until this past year.

    • Adrian says:

      Yes,you can.Part time workers are eligible for UI compensation.Please read this page to learn more about other eligibility factors before you decide to file.

  27. bonita says:

    My son moved to Ohio approximately 1 year ago. He has not been able to find a job and has therefore taken odd jobs for cash when he could get them. He still has not been able to find a job and needs help to pay his rent. Is he eligible for unemployment benefits in Ohio until he can find work please? Thank You

  28. Fred Nair says:

    Can you get Back Pay From unemployment a year after if you should have never been rejected unemployment benefits.

  29. david rowe says:

    I am a home owner in Ohio but currently live in another state and plan on moving back when my job is complete.Can I open a claim in Ohio if my wages for the past 18 months were earned in another state?

  30. Linda Dutkowskilindalucy says:

    I retired 12/31/21012, I was called back to work part time,
    Can I collect unemployment as now my job has been eliminated
    I am now on Social security
    I had worked for 13 years for the company before retiring

    Thanks

    Linda

  31. Diane Swigonski says:

    the company I worked for sold and are changing and have eliminated my position. I worked on comission for them for 2yrs. Can I qualify for unemployment? Thank you, Diane

    • kathy says:

      Unfortunately most people on commission are not covered by unemployment. HOWEVER I have been wrong before – call the unemployment office – if they have wages recorded on which to base a claim they will assist you. It’s worth a phone call.

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