Ohio jobless claims skyrocket amid coronavirus pandemic

Ohio jobless claims skyrocket amid coronavirus pandemic
Dine-in restaurants closed on March 15 in Ohio (Source: WOIO)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio’s jobless claims are skyrocketing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for people to apply for unemployment benefits is experiencing extremely high volumes of calls.

They have received more than 130,000 applications since Sunday.

On Sunday alone, the state received 11,995 claims. By comparison, 562 applications were submitted the previous Sunday.

Ohio unemployment claims
Ohio unemployment claims (Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services)

Employers are cutting staff to comply with state orders to close schools, many businesses such as restaurants and bars, hair salons, spas and gyms; and even state agencies including nearly all BMVs.

The agency has extended the call center’s hours of operation to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

RELATED | Even with spike in unemployment claims, jobs remain in Tri-State

Has your job been impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

If you’ve already filed an application, you do not need to add the mass-layoff number. Your application will still be processed.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

There’s also coronavirus-related information and forms here.

**PLEASE NOTE: Hamilton County Job & Family Services does not handle unemployment at a local level. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services does and it is handled online or over the phone.

Copyright 2020 WXIX. All rights reserved.