Ohio Unemployment Insurance

What is Ohio Unemployment Insurance Benefit?

Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.  The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.

All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.

If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault on your own.

How to Apply for Ohio Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for Ohio Unemployment Benefits using the following methods.

  • File online at http://unemployment.ohio.gov, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Service may be limited during nightly system updating. Check the website for available services. Please be sure to follow the instructions.
  • Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-888-642-8203, (excluding holidays) Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

How much is Ohio Unemployment Benefit?

Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months.  The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.

The maximum weekly Ohio Unemployment Benefit is $524.  You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.

State Year Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit UI Term
Ohio 2014-2015 $524 26 Weeks

How long can you receive Ohio Unemployment Benefit?

In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit.  During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.

Ohio Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:

Contact the Ohio Department of Labor at 1-877-644-6562 for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Website: https://unemployment.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
30 E. Broad Street 32nd Floor Columbus Ohio 43215
Columbus Ohio 43215