Ohio lost another 42,000 jobs last week; total now more than 1.2 million

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    Ohio saw another 42,082 in jobless claims last week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in a news release Thursday. This brings the total number of jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 10 weeks to 1,257,838, more than the combined total of unemployment claims filed during the last three years.

    Over the last 10 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $3.1 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 644,000 claimants, the release said.

    Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, nearly 93% have been processed, with about 7% pending, it said. In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $647 million in federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments to more than 109,000 claimants, it said.

    ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.

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