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Everything you need to know about unemployment in Ohio.

Unemployment benefits provide short-term income to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and who are actively seeking work.

To be eligible, individuals must be totally or partially unemployed, and they must have worked at least 20 weeks in covered employment and earned an average weekly wage of at least $247 during four of the last five completed calendar quarters.

Unemployment benefits are financed by taxes paid by employers to the federal and state governments. The federal taxes cover most of the program’s administrative costs. The state taxes fund the actual benefits.

Common Questions

View more questions about unemployment as well as more answers to common questions.

  • How can I get help finding a job
  • How can I get help finding a job
  • How do I file for extended unemployment benefits?
  • How do I file for extended unemployment benefits?

    Extended unemployment benefits are not available at this time. However, Ohio has many other sources of help. Visit benefits.ohio.gov for more information.

  • How do I find my local unemployment office?
  • How do I find my local unemployment office?

    Ohio doesn't have local unemployment offices, but you can visit your county's OhioMeansJobs center for help finding a job.

  • How do I reapply for unemployment?
  • How do I reapply for unemployment?

    To restart your claim, log into your account at unemployment.ohio.gov or call (877) 644-6562 during the first week you are unemployed. If you restart your claim online, you will need your PIN.

  • How do I repay unemployment overpayment?
  • How do I repay unemployment overpayment?

    You can repay your overpayment online by credit card or bank draft, or by sending a check or money order by mail. Learn more about repayment.

  • How do I reset my unemployment PIN?
  • How do I reset my unemployment PIN?

    You can reset your PIN online or by calling the PIN reset hotline at (866) 962-4064.  If you need to add an email to your account or update your email address, call (877) 644-6562.

  • How do I tell unemployment I found a job?
  • How do I tell unemployment I found a job?

    Simply stop filing weekly claims. If you become unemployed again or wish to file for unemployment later, you can do so at unemployment.ohio.gov or by calling (877) 644-6562.

  • How do I update my address for unemployment?
  • How do I update my address for unemployment?

    Log in to your account at unemployment.ohio.gov or call (877) 644-6562 or your assigned processing center.

  • I changed my PIN but I still can't log in.
  • I changed my PIN but I still can't log in.

    Please call (877) 644-6562 or your assigned processing center.

  • I lost my card. What do I do?
  • I lost my card. What do I do?

    If you chose to be paid unemployment benefits by debit card, you will receive a U.S. Bank ReliaCard Visa. 

    To report a card lost or stolen, or if you did not receive your card, call US Bank ReliaCard Customer Service at (855) 254-9198.

  • I reset my PIN but haven't received an email yet.
  • I reset my PIN but haven't received an email yet.

    Be sure to check your spam/junk mail folders. If you still can't find the email, you may need to update your email address with the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations. Please call (877) 644-6562 and follow the path to reset your PIN.

  • When will I get my 1099G (W2)?
  • When will I get my 1099G (W2)?

    Unemployment claimants will receive an Internal Revenue Service 1099 form at the end of January for the previous year's benefits.

  • Where can I get job training?
  • Where can I get job training?

    Call or visit your county OhioMeansJobs centers to see if you're eligible for any job training programs.

  • Why is my payment on hold?
  • Why is my payment on hold?

    It means your claim has an unresolved issue that must be resolved before payment can be made. Please check your correspondence to ensure you have provided all requested information. If you have questions, please call your assigned processing center Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Will I qualify for unemployment?
  • Will I qualify for unemployment?

    Unemployment benefits provide short-term income to unemployed workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and who are actively seeking work. To see if you are eligible, apply at unemployment.ohio.gov or call (877) 644-6562.

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Additional Information

If you need help with your application for unemployment, call (877) 644-6562.

If you need help with an open case, call your processing center or send an email.