How Do You Apply for Unemployment in the State of Ohio?


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As of 2015, Ohio allows residents to apply for unemployment benefits either online or by phone. Claimants can apply online with the Office of Unemployment Compensation, a division of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, or they can call the office directly for application assistance.

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How Do You Apply for Unemployment in the State of Ohio?
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To apply for unemployment benefits, applicants must register with the unemployment office and secure a username and PIN. Prior registrants may use their existing credentials to access the system. Once an account has been created, applicants can expect to spend approximately 25 minutes filling out the application to establish their eligibility. The list of information required to complete the application is extensive and includes the person's address, Social Security number, complete employment history, military service history, list of dependents and reason for being unemployed. Some applicants may also be required to fulfill work-search requirements, which require the applicant to meet certain reemployment activities, such as creating and updating their resume, visiting job boards and creating a career profile.

Once a claim has been filed, applicants can navigate the site to conduct other activities, such as reopening an existing claim, filing weekly claims, filing appeals, reviewing correspondence and updating other information as necessary.

After the claim has been filed, it can take up to four weeks for claimants to begin receiving payments. Subsequent payments are then made every two weeks, unless another form of payment has been selected, such as direct deposit and electronic correspondence.

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