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ODJFS Releases Benefits For 134,000 Self-Employed And Gig Workers

Feb 9, 2021

Credit Dan Konik

134,000 gig workers, independent contractors and self-employed Ohioans who have been waiting on their unemployment claims for more than a month will now get paid after a weekend of required upgrades to the processing system.

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kim Henderson says this helps most of one particular group:

 

“Approximately 150,000 existing claimants who have remaining benefit entitlement on their accounts, but who have been unable to claim the up to seven weeks of benefits that they have until we were able to get our programming in place in response to the new law.”

 

ODJFS can also start processing new PUA claims, for the first time since the program expired on December 26. A federal law passed late last year extends the PUA program till March 14 and adds in $300 in supplemental checks.