(WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 51,125 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Department of Labor last week (ending May 9).
The number of initial jobless claims in the past eight weeks has surpassed 1 million at 1,169,694. This is more than the combined total of those who have filed in the last three years.
Of the 1 million applications ODJFS has received, 90% have been processed while 10% remain pending.
The ODJFS has distributed more than $2.4 billion in unemployment compensation payments to 587,000 recipients over the past eight weeks.
According to directors with the Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association (MCTA), in this area, MCTA has seen about 25,000 claims in Mahoning County and about 11,000 from Columbiana County.
Directors admit that the ongoing pandemic is forcing a number of local businesses away from taking part in summer employment programs.
“We still work with the employees that if someone, whether they’re younger people, whatever, whoever they may be, we still work with our employer groups throughout business services to try to get them matched up to employment,” said Bert Cene, MCTA executive director.
Cene said directors are working to reopen their offices for face-to-face meetings with prospective clients, but the agency is still enrolling participants in its programs.
ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.
All eligible Ohioans will receive their unemployment benefits – any delays in processing their claims will not reduce the amount received.
ODJFS says it will not rest until all eligible Ohioans are served.