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

Private Website
Ohio Unemployment
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)
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
Ohio Unemployment Office Ashland County15 West Fourth Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Ohio Unemployment Office - Ashtabula County2247 Lake Avenue
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Ohio Unemployment Office - Athens County510 W. Union St., Suite 102
Athens, OH 45701
Ohio Unemployment Office Clermont County2400 Clermont Center Drive
Suite 240
Batavia, OH 45103
Ohio Unemployment Office Logan County211 E Columbus Avenue
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
Ohio Unemployment Office Mahoning County127 Boardman-Canfield Rd
Boardman, OH 44512
Ohio Unemployment Office Wood County1928 East Gypsy Lane
PO Box 679
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Ohio Unemployment Office - Williams County1425 E High St.
suite 107
Bryan, OH 43506
Ohio Unemployment Office - Crawford County225 E Mary Street
Bucyrus, OH 44820
Ohio Unemployment Office Harrison County520 N Main Street
Cadiz, OH 43907
Ohio Unemployment Office - Noble County46049 Marietta Road
PO Box 250
Caldwell, OH 43724
Ohio Unemployment Office Guernsey County324 Highland Avenue
Cambridge, OH 43725
Ohio Unemployment Office Stark County822 30th Street NW
Canton, OH 44709
Ohio Unemployment Office Carroll County55 East Main Street
PO Box 219
Carrollton, OH 44615
Ohio Unemployment Office Mercer County220 West Livingston Street
Rm B-272
Celina, OH 45822
Ohio Unemployment Office Geauga County12480 Ravenwood Drive
PO Box 309
Chardon, OH 44024
Ohio Unemployment Office Cincinnati1916 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214
Ohio Unemployment Office Pickaway County1005 South Pickaway Street
PO Box 610
Circleville, OH 43113
Ohio Unemployment Office Cleveland1910 Carnegia Avenue
Free Parking off East 19th
Cleveland, OH 44115
Ohio Unemployment Office Columbus1111 East Broad Street
Suite 201
Columbus, OH 43205
Ohio Unemployment Office Coshocton County725 Pine Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
Ohio Unemployment Office Montgomery County1111 S Edwin C Moses Blvd
PO Box 972 (45422)
Dayton, OH 45422
Ohio Unemployment Office Defiance County1300 E Second St Suite 202
Defiance, OH 43512
Ohio Unemployment Office - Delaware145 North Union Street
Hayes Administration Building
Delaware, OH 43015
Ohio Unemployment Office Preble County1500 Park Avenue
Eaton, OH 45320
Ohio Unemployment Office Lorain County42495 North Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035
Ohio Unemployment Office Butler County4631 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
Ohio Unemployment Office Hancock County7746 CR 140 Suite B
Findlay, OH 45840
Ohio Unemployment Office Sandusky County2511 Countryside Drive
Suite D
Fremont, OH 43420
Ohio Unemployment Office Gallia County848 Third Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
Ohio Unemployment Office Brown County406 West Plum Street
Georgetown, OH 45121
Ohio Unemployment Office Darke County603 Wagner Avenue
Greenville, OH 45331
Ohio Unemployment Office - Highland County1575 North High Street
Suite 31A
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Ohio Unemployment Office Lawrence County120 North Third Street
Ironton, OH 45638
Ohio Unemployment Office Jackson County25 E South Street
Jackson, OH 45640
Ohio Unemployment Office Hardin County175 W Franklin Street
Suite 150
Kenton, OH 43326
Ohio Unemployment Office - Fairfield County239 W Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Ohio Unemployment Office Warren County300 East Silver Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
Ohio Unemployment Office - Allen County951 Commerce Parkway
Lima, OH 45804
Ohio Unemployment Office Columbiana County7989 Dickey Drive Suite 4
Lisbon, OH 44432
Ohio Unemployment Office Hocking County389 W Front Street
Logan, OH 43138
Ohio Unemployment Office - Madison County200 Midway Street
London, OH 43140
Ohio Unemployment Office Richland County183 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, OH 44902-1829
Ohio Unemployment Office - Washington County1115 Gillman Ave Suite B
Marietta, OH 45750
Ohio Unemployment Office - Marion County622 Leader Street
Marion, OH 43302
Ohio Unemployment Office Belmont County302 Walnut Street
Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Ohio Unemployment Office Union County940 London Ave Suite 1500
Marysville, OH 43040
Ohio Unemployment Office Vinton County30975 Industrial Park Road
McArthur, OH 45651
Ohio Unemployment Office - Morgan County155 E Main Street
Lower Level
McConnelsville, OH 43756
Ohio Unemployment Office Medina County72 Public Square
1st Floor
Medina, OH 44256
Ohio Unemployment Office - Meigs County175 Race St.
Middleport, OH 45760
Ohio Unemployment Office Holmes County85 N Grant Street
Millersburg, OH 44654
Ohio Unemployment Office Knox County17604 Coshocton Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Ohio Unemployment Office Morrow County619 W Marion Rd
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338
Ohio Unemployment Office - Henry County104 E Washington Street
Hahn Center Suite 203
Napoleon, OH 43545
Ohio Unemployment Office - Perry County5454 OH 37
New Lexington, OH 43764
Ohio Unemployment Office Tuscarawas County1260 Monroe Street
Suite 35
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Ohio Unemployment Office Licking County998 E Main Street
Newark, OH 43055
Ohio Unemployment Office Huron County185 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857
Ohio Unemployment Office Ottawa County8043 West State Route 163
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
Ohio Means Jobs - Putnam County575 Ottawa-Glandorf Rd Suite 1
Ottawa, OH 45875
Ohio Unemployment Office - Lake County177 Main Street
Painesville, OH 44077
Ohio Unemployment Office Paulding County252 Dooley Drive
Paulding, OH 45879
Ohio Unemployment Office - Pike County941 Market Street
Piketon, OH 45661
Ohio Unemployment Office Scioto County433 Third Street
PO Box 1525
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Ohio Unemployment Office Portage County253 South Chestnut St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Ohio Unemployment Office Erie County221 W Parish St
Sandusky, OH 44870
Ohio Unemployment Office Shelby County227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365
Ohio Unemployment Office - Clark County1345 Lagonda Avenue
Springfield, OH 45503
Ohio Unemployment Office Jefferson County114 North Fourth Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Ohio Unemployment Office Seneca County900 E CR 20
Tiffin, OH 44883
Ohio Unemployment Office Lucas County1301 Monroe St
Toledo, OH 43604
Ohio Unemployment Office Miami County2040 North County Road 25-A
Troy, OH 45373
Ohio Unemployment Office Champaign County1512 US Highway 68 Bay 14
Urbana, OH 43078
Ohio Unemployment Office Van Wert County120 East Main Street
Van Wert, OH 45891
Ohio Unemployment Office Auglaize County13093 Infirmary Rd
Third Floor, East
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Ohio Unemployment Office Trumbull County280 North Park Ave
Warren, OH 44481
Ohio Unemployment Office Fayette County133 S Main St
Washington C.H., OH 43160
Ohio Unemployment Office - Fulton County604 South Shoop Suite 110
Wauseon, OH 43567
Ohio Unemployment Office - Clinton County1025 S South Street
Suite 500
Wilmington, OH 45177
Ohio Unemployment Office Adams County19221 State Route 136
PO Box 188
Winchester, OH 45697
Ohio Unemployment Offic - Monroe County100 Home Avenue
Woodsfield, OH 43793
Ohio Unemployment Office Wayne County358 W North Street PO Box 76
Wooster, OH 44691
Ohio Unemployment Office - Greene County581 Ledbetter Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Ohio Unemployment Office Muskingum County445 Woodlawn Ave
Zanesville, OH 43701