Employment : Unemployment Compensation

How do I file for unemployment compensation?

In Ohio, you can file a claim over the phone by calling 1-877-644-6562 or by going to the state website.

Can anyone receive unemployment compensation?

Many, but not all, unemployed workers in the United States are eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits during the time they are unemployed.

Unemployment compensation payments vary widely among the 50 states, although eligibility requirements are very similar.

All states, including Ohio, only provide unemployment compensation benefits to unemployed workers who have earned a minimum amount of wages during their previous “base year.”

How long can I receive unemployment?

Unemployed persons can only receive unemployment compensation benefits for a maximum period of 26 weeks, although in times of unusually high unemployment workers may receive unemployment compensation benefits for a longer period of time.

While receiving unemployment compensation benefits, recipients must continue looking for work and must accept any “suitable” offer of employment.

Can I receive unemployment if I am fired?

Employees who have been discharged for “just cause” (misconduct) in connection with employment or have not quit their last job without “just cause” in connection with employment are not entitled to unemployment compensation benefits. Therefore, workers who have been fired for misconduct, or quit their job without a good job-related reason, will be ineligible to receive any unemployment compensation benefits.

On the other hand, workers who are laid off from their job or fired for reasons that do not rise to the level of misconduct, or workers who quit their job because of intolerable working conditions, will usually be eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits for the resulting period of unemployment.

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