All Ohioans applying for unemployment must soon contend with weekly work-search requirement

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COLUMBUS (WJW) — All out-of-work Ohioans applying for unemployment benefits must soon show their job hunting progress to the state government.


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Starting May 23, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Ohioans is reinstating its weekly work-search requirements for all of those looking to receive unemployment payments.

“Now that Ohioans have had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can safely return to work, it only makes sense that we restore work-search requirements for everyone,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement.

The work-search requirement was removed when the pandemic hit in full force in March 2020, with the federal government signing off on the measure. When that authorization ran out in December, those who were applying for new benefits had to start showing work progress.


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At the time, those with existing claims were exempted from the requirement, but come May 23, that changes.

Find out more about Ohio’s unemployment benefits program right here.

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