Applications for continued unemployment decline for 10th straight week

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    In a sign that Ohioans are heading back to work, statistics the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported to the U.S. Dept. of Labor Thursday show that for the 10th straight week, continued applications for unemployment benefits have declined, a news release said.

    Those who remain jobless filed 347,587 fewer continued claims last week compared to the peak in April, it said.

    In addition, for the week ending July 4, ODJFS reported 33,483 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 16 weeks (1,464,290) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years.

    Over the last 16 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $4.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 736,000 Ohioans, the release said, adding that of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, about 94% have been processed, with about 6% pending.

    In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $3.8 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to more than 411,000 PUA claimants.