Extended Unemployment Benefits in Ohio

Ohio's unemployment climbed to 8.8 percent recently, rising up from 8.6 percent the month before. Because of the current national economic climate and bleak state labor statistics, on December 15, 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 authorized extending the 100 percent federal funding of unemployment through January 7, 2012.

Your eligibility for extended unemployment is related to your current unemployment eligibility for unemployment. If you have been eligible for unemployment and emergency federal unemployment compensation and those benefits have been exhausted before you have a job, you may receive up to 20 weeks of Ohio EB. Unemployment eligibility for the extended benefit program in Ohio will result in the same payment amount that you received prior. Your payments will continue to be issued on a weekly basis. If you live outside of Ohio, you are entitled to receive up to 20 weeks of Ohio EB, however, if you commute to Ohio for work. Questions about your eligibility are available at 1-877-OHIO JOB (644-6562).

Allow four weeks for your application to be processed and extended benefits eligibility to be assessed. Following that initial payment, subsequent payments will be issued on a routine weekly or biweekly basis, by the claimant’s requested payment method. You have a choice of either debit card or electronic fund transfer. The amount of your extended benefit payment will be the same as your prior regular and emergency unemployment compensation benefits.

In addition to being ready and able to work, an individual is expected to make a steady effort to find new employment, so during each week that you claim Ohio EB, you're expected to apply for work with at least two employers within your occupation.


Furthermore, you must register for job placement in the state in which you customarily seek work. Those seeking work in Ohio, are required to register with Ohio's SCOTI system when filing for the first time. If you fail to register, you can lose your benefits. If you're confronting particular challenges related to your job search, however, it's expected that you contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to explain in writing. The process is straightforward and intended to be a temporary program until you're gainfully employed again.

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