Extra unemployment money from feds set to expire as 430,000 Ohioans continue jobless claims

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    The Pandemic Unemployment Compensation funding from the federal coronavirus economic recovery package is scheduled to expire July 25, with 429,638 Ohioans filing continued jobless claims last week. Without Congressional authorization to extend the funding, extra $600 weekly payments for the unemployed will come to an end.

    Ohioans filed 35,422 initial jobless claims last week, according to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) statistics reported to the U.S. Dept. of Labor Thursday, a news release announced. This is 238,793 fewer than the peak earlier this year, it said. The release said Ohioans filed 429,638 continued jobless claims last week, which were 346,664 fewer than the peak earlier this year.

    The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 17 weeks (1,499,712) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years, the release noted.

    Over the last 17 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $5.2 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 747,000 Ohioans. In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $4.1 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to more than 449,000 PUA claimants.