Unemployment Benefits

Jo Ingles

Late last month, Ohio ended the extra $300 unemployment benefit that had been coming from the federal government, saying it would encourage Ohioans to get back to work quicker. Advocates for unemployed and low-income Ohioans disagree, saying that decision is shortsighted and hurts families. 

Karen Kasler

The state of Ohio overpaid more than $2 billion in unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans during the pandemic. And a significant percentage of that money went to fraud. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Ohio is asking for permission from the feds to fast-track some rules and exceptions in Medicaid related to the COVID-19 crisis. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the state is asking for a pair of waivers that many other states are already using.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants in the state to help stem the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Congressional Democrats unveiled a measure for a legislative stimulus package aimed at mitigating the economic damage stemming from the coronavirus.

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 The state's unemployment compensation fund is running low and would be inadequate if an economic downtown occurs.

A controversial bill that would cut unemployment insurance benefits in Ohio is temporarily on hold.

State officials say the number of claims for unemployment insurance benefits last year were the lowest since 1973.

Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

One of the more controversial issues at the Statehouse these days is how to deal with unemployment insurance benefits.

The state says it's delaying the enforcement of new regulations that require Ohioans to do more to get unemployment insurance benefits. 

The Labor Department says the number of claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Ohio fell last week by nearly 14-hundred.