Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Advocates: Pandemic, unemployment impact women on many levels

BY: - July 8, 2021

The loss of $300 in extra unemployment assistance has hampered recovery from the pandemic for many Ohioans, including women, advocates say. Leah Haenszel was a respiratory therapist before COVID caused her to leave her job to take care of her three kids, something she couldn’t afford to do, even with a full-time job. “The excessive […]

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Denying a financial lifeline to the poorest Ohioans is not the ‘Christian thing to do,’ Gov. DeWine

BY: - June 15, 2021

“It’s not a Christian thing to do, it’s not in the Judeo-Christian tradition to hurt people.” That was Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine a year ago, chastising churches who insisted on holding large services during severe outbreaks of Covid-19. Now it’s DeWine who deserves to be castigated for his unchristian-like choice to hurt the most vulnerable […]

A year in, DeWine names panel to recommend fixes to Ohio’s unemployment system. What took so long?

BY: - February 8, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that he’s forming a public-private partnership to recommend improvements to the state’s struggling unemployment system.  That system, operated by the Department of Job and Family Services, has experienced epic problems since the coronavirus pandemic started nearly a year ago.  As with many other states, Ohio’s system was outdated […]

Ohio approved for $717M in federal pandemic unemployment supplement

BY: - September 9, 2020

The federal government has approved a $300-a-week supplement for unemployed Ohioans, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said on Tuesday. He added that people should start receiving the funds before the end of the month.

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Let’s celebrate working people by unrigging the economy

BY: and - September 7, 2020

This Labor Day will be different. If they happen at all, most parades and cookouts will be smaller and socially distanced. One way we’ll celebrate, though, is by reflecting on the incredible acts of selflessness and generosity performed by Ohio’s working people during this pandemic — from the ICU nurse in Cleveland tending to a […]

DeWine says state doesn’t have money to supplement unemployment, but silent on more federal dollars to states

BY: - August 12, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said the state doesn't have the money to supplement unemployment benefits. But he didn't speak up for a plan to send state and local governments additional money.

Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.

BY: - August 12, 2020

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]

Governor’s office: Federal $300 unemployment supplement likely coming

BY: - August 10, 2020

It appears likely that unemployed Ohians will get a $300-a-week federal supplement to their benefits, but it’s unclear when it will start, Dan Tierney, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s press secretary, said Monday. The supplement was called for as part of a series of executive orders President Donald Trump signed Saturday.  “Part of the timing of […]

With federal unemployment insurance lapsed, Ohio senators urge action

BY: - August 6, 2020

A $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment insurance lapsed last week, leaving many of the 32 million unemployed Americans staring into a financial abyss. The Democratically controlled U.S. House of Representatives in May passed a $3 trillion relief bill that would continue the supplement until the economy reaches certain benchmarks.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

House Dem lawmakers seek rainy day funds for eviction protections

BY: - August 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the local economy continues, and two state representatives are trying to tap into the state’s rainy day fund for an “eviction crisis response.” In a bill introduced on Monday, $270 million would be used for immediate, one-time rent relief, according to the sponsors, state Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus; and state […]