DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– Ohio has reached an unfortunate milestone as many continue to feel the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of people filing for unemployment in Ohio over the past six weeks has topped 1 million.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services says it reported 92,920 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor during the week of April 19-25. That includes workers in nearly every industry who have been sent home with no set date on when they’ll return. Montgomery County resident, Alex Grodkiewicz, works in photography.
“Most of my work has been canceled or postponed. A lot of it has been postponed until next year so that’s similar to a cancellation,” said Grodkiewicz. “The uncertainty of not knowing where and what the next paycheck is going to come from and things like that has been a little bit tough.”
The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last six weeks is 1,057,486.
To put that in perspective, the total for the last six weeks of claims is 341,974 more than the combined total of 715,512 for the last two years.
During a live discussion this week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said unemployment has had a devastating effect on families in Montgomery County.
“Unemployment claims in Montgomery County, where my city is located, skyrocketed from 250 weekly claims in early march to over 12,000 just two weeks later. Each one of these claims represents incredible anxiety and real financial hardship for a family or an individual,” she said.
Over these last six weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $1.45 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 481,000 claimants.
More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s.
ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.
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