Ohio Unemployment Benefits

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services oversees the state’s unemployment insurance benefits program, which is designed to provide temporary financial assistance to eligible Ohioans who have lost employment through no fault of their own.

This reduces income hardship for families during times of temporary unemployment while lessening the impact of layoffs on the overall economy in Ohio. The UI benefits program is financed solely by the unemployment taxes paid by contributory employers.

Ohio Unemployment Services

Websitehttps://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/index.stm
Phone877-644-6562
Apply Onlinehttp://unemployment.ohio.gov
Weekly Certificationhttps://unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov/cmtview
Appeal a DenialFile an Appeal
Find a Local OfficeCounty Directory
Report Fraudhttps://jfs.ohio.gov/fraud
Coronavirus Updateshttps://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/employee

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
MinMax
20-26 weeks$135$480-$647$11,518 - $15,548

Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Ohio?

An unemployed worker may be eligible for Ohio UI benefits if they meet the following criteria:

  • You are completely or partially unemployed.
  • You worked at least 20 weeks for a covered employer and earned an income of at least $243 within the base period – defined as four out of the last five completed calendar quarters
  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own – for example, because of a layoff or reduction in force
  • If you are connected to a previous unemployment claim that has since expired, you must have worked for a covered employer since the beginning of the previous claim year – this reestablishes you as an Ohio worker.

While a final determination regarding your eligibility can’t be made until your unemployment claim is reviewed, you should apply for UI benefits if you believe you meet these criteria.

How Do I Apply for Ohio Unemployment Benefits?

Ohio offers two different methods for applying for UI benefits. You can file online at any time. You can also call toll-free at 877-644-6562 or TTY 614-387-8408 to make your claim by phone. ODJFS agents are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Once your claim is submitted, you will receive confirmation and information about the next steps by mail or e-mail. Your claim will be assigned to a specific processing center, based on the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

The process of qualifying for UI benefits isn’t complete after your initial claim is submitted – it’s an ongoing process. After filing your initial UI benefits claim, you must continue to file weekly or biweekly claims for as long as you want to receive unemployment compensation.

The easiest and most streamlined way to submit your weekly benefit claim is through Ohio’s online portal. You can also file by phone at 877-OHIO-JOB (877-644-6562) or TTY at  888-642-8203. Your responses to the questions presented when you file a weekly benefit claim determine whether you meet eligibility requirements for the previous week. Failing to file timely claims could result in a denial of payment.

Filing an Appeal

If you disagree with the decision regarding your initial unemployment claim, you may file a written appeal to the ODJFS within 21 calendar days of the date your determination letter was issued. You will be asked for your Social Security number, the date and identification number for the decision you’d like to challenge, and the reason(s) for your disagreement. Ohio employers also may appeal unemployment compensation decisions.

You are welcome to file your appeal online, by mail, or fax with the ODJFS processing center that will be identified on your determination notice, or with any ODJFS claims processing center.

Once your appeal is received, you will receive a written confirmation, as will all other interested parties, such as your employer. These parties then have the opportunity to submit additional information. The ODJFS then has 21 calendar days from the date your appeal is received to issue a new decision or refer your appeal to the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission.

How Do I Report Fraud?

UI benefits fraud squanders taxpayer dollars and robs deserving Ohio citizens of the UI benefits they need and merit. If you suspect someone of submitting a fraudulent claim using your name and information, please use the Ohio Report Identify Theft form so state officials can investigate.

To report other types of potential fraud, call Ohio’s toll-free hotline at 800-686-1555, fax the information to 614-752-4808, or make a fraud report online. 

Ohio Unemployment Office Locations

Ohio Unemployment Office Summit County1040 E Tallmadge Avenue
Akron, OH 44310
330-633-1050
Ohio Unemployment Office Ashland County15 West Fourth Street
Ashland, OH 44805
419-282-5052
Ohio Unemployment Office - Ashtabula County2247 Lake Avenue
Ashtabula, OH 44004
440-994-1234
Ohio Unemployment Office - Athens County510 W. Union St., Suite 102
Athens, OH 45701
740-797-1405
Ohio Unemployment Office Clermont County2400 Clermont Center Drive
Suite 240
Batavia, OH 45103
513-943-3000
Ohio Unemployment Office Logan County211 E Columbus Avenue
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
937-599-5165
Ohio Unemployment Office Mahoning County127 Boardman-Canfield Rd
Boardman, OH 44512
330-965-1787
Ohio Unemployment Office Wood County1928 East Gypsy Lane
PO Box 679
Bowling Green, OH 43402
419-352-4172
Ohio Unemployment Office - Williams County1425 E High St.
suite 107
Bryan, OH 43506
419-633-5250
Ohio Unemployment Office - Crawford County225 E Mary Street
Bucyrus, OH 44820
419-562-8066
Ohio Unemployment Office Harrison County520 N Main Street
Cadiz, OH 43907
740-942-2171
Ohio Unemployment Office - Noble County46049 Marietta Road
PO Box 250
Caldwell, OH 43724
740-732-2392
Ohio Unemployment Office Guernsey County324 Highland Avenue
Cambridge, OH 43725
740-432-2381
Ohio Unemployment Office Stark County822 30th Street NW
Canton, OH 44709
330-433-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office Carroll County55 East Main Street
PO Box 219
Carrollton, OH 44615
330-627-2571
Ohio Unemployment Office Mercer County220 West Livingston Street
Rm B-272
Celina, OH 45822
419-586-6409
Ohio Unemployment Office Geauga County12480 Ravenwood Drive
PO Box 309
Chardon, OH 44024
440-285-9141
Ohio Unemployment Office Cincinnati1916 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214
513-946-7200
Ohio Unemployment Office Pickaway County1005 South Pickaway Street
PO Box 610
Circleville, OH 43113
740-420-7339
Ohio Unemployment Office Cleveland1910 Carnegia Avenue
Free Parking off East 19th
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-777-8200
Ohio Unemployment Office Columbus1111 East Broad Street
Suite 201
Columbus, OH 43205
614-559-5052
Ohio Unemployment Office Coshocton County725 Pine Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
740-622-1020
Ohio Unemployment Office Montgomery County1111 S Edwin C Moses Blvd
PO Box 972 (45422)
Dayton, OH 45422
937-225-5627
Ohio Unemployment Office Defiance County1300 E Second St Suite 202
Defiance, OH 43512
419-784-3777
Ohio Unemployment Office - Delaware145 North Union Street
Hayes Administration Building
Delaware, OH 43015
740-833-2338
Ohio Unemployment Office Preble County1500 Park Avenue
Eaton, OH 45320
937-456-6224
Ohio Unemployment Office Lorain County42495 North Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035
440-324-5244
Ohio Unemployment Office Butler County4631 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
513-785-6500
Ohio Unemployment Office Hancock County7746 CR 140 Suite B
Findlay, OH 45840
419-429-8083
Ohio Unemployment Office Sandusky County2511 Countryside Drive
Suite D
Fremont, OH 43420
419-332-2169
Ohio Unemployment Office Gallia County848 Third Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-3222
Ohio Unemployment Office Brown County406 West Plum Street
Georgetown, OH 45121
800-553-7393
Ohio Unemployment Office Darke County603 Wagner Avenue
Greenville, OH 45331
937-548-4132
Ohio Unemployment Office - Highland County1575 North High Street
Suite 31A
Hillsboro, OH 45133
937-393-1933
Ohio Unemployment Office Lawrence County120 North Third Street
Ironton, OH 45638
740-532-3140
Ohio Unemployment Office Jackson County25 E South Street
Jackson, OH 45640
740-688-4201
Ohio Unemployment Office Hardin County175 W Franklin Street
Suite 150
Kenton, OH 43326
419-674-2312
Ohio Unemployment Office - Fairfield County239 W Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
740-652-7856
Ohio Unemployment Office Warren County300 East Silver Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
513-695-1130
Ohio Unemployment Office - Allen County951 Commerce Parkway
Lima, OH 45804
419-999-0360
Ohio Unemployment Office Columbiana County7989 Dickey Drive Suite 4
Lisbon, OH 44432
330-420-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office Hocking County389 W Front Street
Logan, OH 43138
740-380-4043
Ohio Unemployment Office - Madison County200 Midway Street
London, OH 43140
740-852-8801
Ohio Unemployment Office Richland County183 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, OH 44902-1829
419-774-5300
Ohio Unemployment Office - Washington County1115 Gillman Ave Suite B
Marietta, OH 45750
740-434-0758
Ohio Unemployment Office - Marion County622 Leader Street
Marion, OH 43302
740-382-0076
Ohio Unemployment Office Belmont County302 Walnut Street
Martins Ferry, OH 43935
740-633-5627
Ohio Unemployment Office Union County940 London Ave Suite 1500
Marysville, OH 43040
937-645-2018
Ohio Unemployment Office Vinton County30975 Industrial Park Road
McArthur, OH 45651
740-672-2289
Ohio Unemployment Office - Morgan County155 E Main Street
Lower Level
McConnelsville, OH 43756
740-962-2519
Ohio Unemployment Office Medina County72 Public Square
1st Floor
Medina, OH 44256
330-723-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office - Meigs County175 Race St.
Middleport, OH 45760
740-992-2117
Ohio Unemployment Office Holmes County85 N Grant Street
Millersburg, OH 44654
330-674-1111
Ohio Unemployment Office Knox County17604 Coshocton Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
740-392-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office Morrow County619 W Marion Rd
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338
419-946-8480
Ohio Unemployment Office - Henry County104 E Washington Street
Hahn Center Suite 203
Napoleon, OH 43545
419-592-3862
Ohio Unemployment Office - Perry County5454 OH 37
New Lexington, OH 43764
740-342-3551
Ohio Unemployment Office Tuscarawas County1260 Monroe Street
Suite 35
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
330-364-9777
Ohio Unemployment Office Licking County998 E Main Street
Newark, OH 43055
740-670-8700
Ohio Unemployment Office Huron County185 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857
419-668-8126
Ohio Unemployment Office Ottawa County8043 West State Route 163
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
419-707-8605
Ohio Means Jobs - Putnam County575 Ottawa-Glandorf Rd Suite 1
Ottawa, OH 45875
567-376-3777
Ohio Unemployment Office - Lake County177 Main Street
Painesville, OH 44077
440-350-4000
Ohio Unemployment Office Paulding County252 Dooley Drive
Paulding, OH 45879
419-399-3345
Ohio Unemployment Office - Pike County941 Market Street
Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2371
Ohio Unemployment Office Scioto County433 Third Street
PO Box 1525
Portsmouth, OH 45662
740-354-7545
Ohio Unemployment Office Portage County253 South Chestnut St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
330-296-2841
Ohio Unemployment Office Erie County221 W Parish St
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-624-6451
Ohio Unemployment Office Shelby County227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365
937-498-4981
Ohio Unemployment Office - Clark County1345 Lagonda Avenue
Springfield, OH 45503
937-327-1961
Ohio Unemployment Office Jefferson County114 North Fourth Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
740-282-0971
Ohio Unemployment Office Seneca County900 E CR 20
Tiffin, OH 44883
419-447-5011
Ohio Unemployment Office Lucas County1301 Monroe St
Toledo, OH 43604
419-213-5627
Ohio Unemployment Office Miami County2040 North County Road 25-A
Troy, OH 45373
937-440-3465
Ohio Unemployment Office Champaign County1512 US Highway 68 Bay 14
Urbana, OH 43078
937-484-1581
Ohio Unemployment Office Van Wert County120 East Main Street
Van Wert, OH 45891
419-623-4437
Ohio Unemployment Office Auglaize County13093 Infirmary Rd
Third Floor, East
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
567-242-2750
Ohio Unemployment Office Trumbull County280 North Park Ave
Warren, OH 44481
330-675-2179
Ohio Unemployment Office Fayette County133 S Main St
Washington C.H., OH 43160
740-313-0242
Ohio Unemployment Office - Fulton County604 South Shoop Suite 110
Wauseon, OH 43567
419-337-9215
Ohio Unemployment Office - Clinton County1025 S South Street
Suite 500
Wilmington, OH 45177
937-382-7762
Ohio Unemployment Office Adams County19221 State Route 136
PO Box 188
Winchester, OH 45697
937-695-0316
Ohio Unemployment Offic - Monroe County100 Home Avenue
Woodsfield, OH 43793
740-472-1602
Ohio Unemployment Office Wayne County358 W North Street PO Box 76
Wooster, OH 44691
330-264-5060
Ohio Unemployment Office - Greene County581 Ledbetter Road
Xenia, OH 45385
937-562-6565
Ohio Unemployment Office Muskingum County445 Woodlawn Ave
Zanesville, OH 43701
740-454-6211