Ohio Weekly Unemployment Claims Rise Slightly

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More Ohioans filed initial unemployment claims last week than the previous week, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohioans filed 8,817 initial traditional unemployment claims during the week of May 22 through May 28, or 524 more than the previous week.

Approximately 2,917 of those have been flagged for more stringent identity verification, to ensure they are not fraudulent.

Continued traditional unemployment claims fell last week, ODFS reported. Ohioans filed 28,703 continued claims — 1,550 fewer than the previous week.

The total number of traditional claims filed last week was 37,520.

Ohio’s unemployment rate in April stood at 4% compared to the month’s national unemployment rate of 3.6%.

Ohio’s labor force participation rate in April was 61.8%, while the national labor force participation rate was 62.2%.

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