Ohio Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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In this article, we will make Unemployment Insurance Benefits easy to understand with Ohio Unemployment phone numbers and other contact information.

We understand.

The experience of unemployment is often fraught with anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. Not being able to provide for oneself and one’s family can be very difficult, and the stress of the situation can be overwhelming. 

Those who are unemployed may feel like they are a burden to their loved ones, and they may feel like they are not good enough or valuable enough. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this experience, and there are people who care about you and want to help. 

You are valuable, even if you are not working at the moment. There are many resources available to you, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Why did we create the Ohio Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide?

Government websites can be difficult to navigate for a lot of people. They may be confusing or hard to use, and they may not have all the information people need. This can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially for people who are already struggling. 

Having said that, please use our guide as support but NOT the official guide. You will NEED to contact the official unemployment government staff and fight for your own benefits. You can do this.

Who’s in charge of Ohio Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (DJF) is in charge of the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

Here is what the Official Ohio Unemployment Site Looks Like

Image: Official Unemployment Website

How To Qualify for Ohio Unemployment Benefits

Unemployed workers in Ohio may be eligible for unemployment compensation if they meet the following requirements:

  • You’re unemployed entirely or partially.
  • Within the base period, which is defined as four out of the last five completed calendar quarters, you worked for at least 20 weeks for a covered employer and earned at least $243 in income.
  • You are unemployed due to no fault of your own, such as a layoff or a reduction in force.
  • You must have worked for a covered employer since the beginning of the prior claim year if you are related to a previous unemployment claim that has since expired. This reestablishes you as an Ohio worker.

You may be eligible for unemployment benefits even if your unemployment claim is pending review; however, you should apply for UI benefits if you believe you meet the criteria.

How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Ohio? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 20-26 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $135 to Max $480-$647
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $11,518 – $15,548

How Do I Apply for Ohio Unemployment Benefits?

There are two ways to apply for unemployment benefits in Ohio. You can submit your paperwork online at any time.

You can also lodge a claim by phone by calling toll-free 877-644-6562 or TTY 614-387-8408. 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., ODJFS agents are ready to assist you.

You will receive confirmation and information about the following steps by mail or e-mail once your claim has been submitted. Based on the last four digits of your Social Security number, your claim will be assigned to a specific processing center.

How do I Manage My Ohio Unemployment Benefits

The process of obtaining UI benefits does not end once your initial claim is submitted; it is a continuous process. You must continue to complete weekly or biweekly UI benefits claims for as long as you desire to receive unemployment compensation after filing your initial claim.

Ohio’s online portal is the simplest and most efficient way to submit your weekly benefit claim. You can also file by phone at 877-OHIO-JOB (877-644-6562) or 888-642-8203 if you are hearing impaired. When you file a weekly benefit claim, the questions you answer determine whether you meet the qualifying standards for the preceding week. Failure to file claims on time may result in payment denial.

How Do I Appeal an Ohio Unemployment Decision?

You have 21 calendar days from the day your determination letter was issued to file a written appeal to the ODJFS if you disagree with the decision about your original unemployment claim. 

You’ll be asked for your Social Security number, the date and ID number of the judgment you’d like to appeal, and the reason(s) for your dissatisfaction. Unemployment compensation rulings in Ohio can also be appealed by businesses.

You may file your appeal online with the ODJFS processing center specified on your determination notification, or with any ODJFS claims processing center, online, by mail, or fax.

You, as well as all other interested parties, such as your employer, will receive formal confirmation after your appeal has been received. These parties are then given the opportunity to provide further data. 

After receiving your appeal, the ODJFS has 21 calendar days to issue a fresh decision or refer your case to the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission.

How Do I Report an Ohio Unemployment Fraud?

UI benefits fraud wastes public resources and denies eligible Ohio residents access to the benefits they deserve. Please use the Ohio Report Identify Theft Form if you feel someone is making a fraudulent claim using your name and information so state officials can investigate.

Call Ohio’s toll-free hotline at 800-686-1555, fax the information to 614-752-4808, or file a fraud report online to report various sorts of probable fraud.

What if I quit?

Generally, if you voluntarily left your job, you are not eligible.

It is possible to collect, however, if you left due to “good cause.”  Good cause is determined by the state unemployment office and you can make your case for receiving benefits.  

Upon denial, you should be entitled to a hearing at which you can explain your claim. As the policies and terms vary from state to state, you should contact your local office.

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Ohio Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Ohio Unemployment  OfficeOhio Unemployment Office LocationsOhio Unemployment Phone Number
Ohio Unemployment Office Summit County1040 E Tallmadge AvenueAkron, OH 44310330-633-1050
Ohio Unemployment Office Ashland County15 West Fourth StreetAshland, OH 44805419-282-5052
Ohio Unemployment Office – Ashtabula County2247 Lake AvenueAshtabula, OH 44004440-994-1234
Ohio Unemployment Office – Athens County510 W. Union St., Suite 102Athens, OH 45701740-797-1405
Ohio Unemployment Office Clermont County2400 Clermont Center DriveSuite 240Batavia, OH 45103513-943-3000
Ohio Unemployment Office Logan County211 E Columbus AvenueBellefontaine, OH 43311937-599-5165
Ohio Unemployment Office Mahoning County127 Boardman-Canfield RdBoardman, OH 44512330-965-1787
Ohio Unemployment Office Wood County1928 East Gypsy LanePO Box 679Bowling Green, OH 43402419-352-4172
Ohio Unemployment Office – Williams County1425 E High St.suite 107Bryan, OH 43506419-633-5250
Ohio Unemployment Office – Crawford County225 E Mary StreetBucyrus, OH 44820419-562-8066
Ohio Unemployment Office Harrison County520 N Main StreetCadiz, OH 43907740-942-2171
Ohio Unemployment Office – Noble County46049 Marietta RoadPO Box 250Caldwell, OH 43724740-732-2392
Ohio Unemployment Office Guernsey County324 Highland AvenueCambridge, OH 43725740-432-2381
Ohio Unemployment Office Stark County822 30th Street NWCanton, OH 44709330-433-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office Carroll County55 East Main StreetPO Box 219Carrollton, OH 44615330-627-2571
Ohio Unemployment Office Mercer County220 West Livingston StreetRm B-272Celina, OH 45822419-586-6409
Ohio Unemployment Office Geauga County12480 Ravenwood DrivePO Box 309Chardon, OH 44024440-285-9141
Ohio Unemployment Office Cincinnati1916 Central ParkwayCincinnati, OH 45214513-946-7200
Ohio Unemployment Office Pickaway County1005 South Pickaway StreetPO Box 610Circleville, OH 43113740-420-7339
Ohio Unemployment Office Cleveland1910 Carnegia AvenueFree Parking off East 19thCleveland, OH 44115216-777-8200
Ohio Unemployment Office Columbus1111 East Broad StreetSuite 201Columbus, OH 43205614-559-5052
Ohio Unemployment Office Coshocton County725 Pine StreetCoshocton, OH 43812740-622-1020
Ohio Unemployment Office Montgomery County1111 S Edwin C Moses BlvdPO Box 972 (45422)Dayton, OH 45422937-225-5627
Ohio Unemployment Office Defiance County1300 E Second St Suite 202Defiance, OH 43512419-784-3777
Ohio Unemployment Office – Delaware145 North Union StreetHayes Administration BuildingDelaware, OH 43015740-833-2338
Ohio Unemployment Office Preble County1500 Park AvenueEaton, OH 45320937-456-6224
Ohio Unemployment Office Lorain County42495 North Ridge RoadElyria, OH 44035440-324-5244
Ohio Unemployment Office Butler County4631 Dixie HighwayFairfield, OH 45014513-785-6500
Ohio Unemployment Office Hancock County7746 CR 140 Suite BFindlay, OH 45840419-429-8083
Ohio Unemployment Office Sandusky County2511 Countryside DriveSuite DFremont, OH 43420419-332-2169
Ohio Unemployment Office Gallia County848 Third AvenueGallipolis, OH 45631740-446-3222
Ohio Unemployment Office Brown County406 West Plum StreetGeorgetown, OH 45121800-553-7393
Ohio Unemployment Office Darke County603 Wagner AvenueGreenville, OH 45331937-548-4132
Ohio Unemployment Office – Highland County1575 North High StreetSuite 31AHillsboro, OH 45133937-393-1933
Ohio Unemployment Office Lawrence County120 North Third StreetIronton, OH 45638740-532-3140
Ohio Unemployment Office Jackson County25 E South StreetJackson, OH 45640740-688-4201
Ohio Unemployment Office Hardin County175 W Franklin StreetSuite 150Kenton, OH 43326419-674-2312
Ohio Unemployment Office – Fairfield County239 W Main StreetLancaster, OH 43130740-652-7856
Ohio Unemployment Office Warren County300 East Silver StreetLebanon, OH 45036513-695-1130
Ohio Unemployment Office – Allen County951 Commerce ParkwayLima, OH 45804419-999-0360
Ohio Unemployment Office Columbiana County7989 Dickey Drive Suite 4Lisbon, OH 44432330-420-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office Hocking County389 W Front StreetLogan, OH 43138740-380-4043
Ohio Unemployment Office – Madison County200 Midway StreetLondon, OH 43140740-852-8801
Ohio Unemployment Office Richland County183 Park Avenue EastMansfield, OH 44902-1829419-774-5300
Ohio Unemployment Office – Washington County1115 Gillman Ave Suite BMarietta, OH 45750740-434-0758
Ohio Unemployment Office – Marion County622 Leader StreetMarion, OH 43302740-382-0076
Ohio Unemployment Office Belmont County302 Walnut StreetMartins Ferry, OH 43935740-633-5627
Ohio Unemployment Office Union County940 London Ave Suite 1500Marysville, OH 43040937-645-2018
Ohio Unemployment Office Vinton County30975 Industrial Park RoadMcArthur, OH 45651740-672-2289
Ohio Unemployment Office – Morgan County155 E Main StreetLower LevelMcConnelsville, OH 43756740-962-2519
Ohio Unemployment Office Medina County72 Public Square1st FloorMedina, OH 44256330-723-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office – Meigs County175 Race St.Middleport, OH 45760740-992-2117
Ohio Unemployment Office Holmes County85 N Grant StreetMillersburg, OH 44654330-674-1111
Ohio Unemployment Office Knox County17604 Coshocton RoadMount Vernon, OH 43050740-392-9675
Ohio Unemployment Office Morrow County619 W Marion RdMt. Gilead, OH 43338419-946-8480
Ohio Unemployment Office – Henry County104 E Washington StreetHahn Center Suite 203Napoleon, OH 43545419-592-3862
Ohio Unemployment Office – Perry County5454 OH 37New Lexington, OH 43764740-342-3551
Ohio Unemployment Office Tuscarawas County1260 Monroe StreetSuite 35New Philadelphia, OH 44663330-364-9777
Ohio Unemployment Office Licking County998 E Main StreetNewark, OH 43055740-670-8700
Ohio Unemployment Office Huron County185 Shady Lane DriveNorwalk, OH 44857419-668-8126
Ohio Unemployment Office Ottawa County8043 West State Route 163Oak Harbor, OH 43449419-707-8605
Ohio Means Jobs – Putnam County575 Ottawa-Glandorf Rd Suite 1Ottawa, OH 45875567-376-3777
Ohio Unemployment Office – Lake County177 Main StreetPainesville, OH 44077440-350-4000
Ohio Unemployment Office Paulding County252 Dooley DrivePaulding, OH 45879419-399-3345
Ohio Unemployment Office – Pike County941 Market StreetPiketon, OH 45661740-289-2371
Ohio Unemployment Office Scioto County433 Third StreetPO Box 1525Portsmouth, OH 45662740-354-7545
Ohio Unemployment Office Portage County253 South Chestnut St.Ravenna, OH 44266330-296-2841
Ohio Unemployment Office Erie County221 W Parish StSandusky, OH 44870419-624-6451
Ohio Unemployment Office Shelby County227 South Ohio AvenueSidney, OH 45365937-498-4981
Ohio Unemployment Office – Clark County1345 Lagonda AvenueSpringfield, OH 45503937-327-1961
Ohio Unemployment Office Jefferson County114 North Fourth StreetSteubenville, OH 43952740-282-0971
Ohio Unemployment Office Seneca County900 E CR 20Tiffin, OH 44883419-447-5011
Ohio Unemployment Office Lucas County1301 Monroe StToledo, OH 43604419-213-5627
Ohio Unemployment Office Miami County2040 North County Road 25-ATroy, OH 45373937-440-3465
Ohio Unemployment Office Champaign County1512 US Highway 68 Bay 14Urbana, OH 43078937-484-1581
Ohio Unemployment Office Van Wert County120 East Main StreetVan Wert, OH 45891419-623-4437
Ohio Unemployment Office Auglaize County13093 Infirmary RdThird Floor, EastWapakoneta, OH 45895567-242-2750
Ohio Unemployment Office Trumbull County280 North Park AveWarren, OH 44481330-675-2179
Ohio Unemployment Office Fayette County133 S Main StWashington C.H., OH 43160740-313-0242
Ohio Unemployment Office – Fulton County604 South Shoop Suite 110Wauseon, OH 43567419-337-9215
Ohio Unemployment Office – Clinton County1025 S South StreetSuite 500Wilmington, OH 45177937-382-7762
Ohio Unemployment Office Adams County19221 State Route 136PO Box 188Winchester, OH 45697937-695-0316
Ohio Unemployment Offic – Monroe County100 Home AvenueWoodsfield, OH 43793740-472-1602
Ohio Unemployment Office Wayne County358 W North Street PO Box 76Wooster, OH 44691330-264-5060
Ohio Unemployment Office – Greene County581 Ledbetter RoadXenia, OH 45385937-562-6565
Ohio Unemployment Office Muskingum County445 Woodlawn AveZanesville, OH 43701740-454-6211

Final Thoughts

We hope the above info has been helpful to you. 

We do not make any financial advice but below are some of our thoughts that could help you stand on your feet sooner than later.

  • Don’t feel shame about needing help, but also don’t feel entitled. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up – things happen. The sooner you accept it and move on, the better.
  • Don’t burn the bridge. Work with your employer to help yourself. 
    • 1) Check if you are entitled to severance pay, vacation or sick pay, 
    • 2) Ask about extending health insurance benefits, 
    • 3) Ask about outplacement resources, 
    • 4) Request a reference letter from your employer 
  • Review your financial positions, obligations. 
  • Make a weekly or monthly budget. Buy what you need, so you don’t have to sell what you need.
  • Watch out for credit card loans – they will eat you alive.
  • Make an action plan with at least 3 scenarios from best to worst and examine your options.

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Sabrina is a former campaign manager who has decided to focus her effort to help people contact senators and get help. She leads our Editorial Team with Ronald and Lawrence to curate content and resources that help us navigate the system.

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