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Thu. 11:48 a.m.: Jobless claims nearly reach all-time high due to COVID-19

WARREN – The number of jobless claims filed with the state last week as Ohio workers lose their jobs due to COVID-19 nearly reached the all-time high for claims filed in a month.

For the week of March 15-21, there were 187,780 claims filed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the agency announced today. That’s No. 2 for claims filed. No. 1 is 205,159 for the entire month of December 1981, the height of the recession.

OJFS continues to urge people to file claims online at unemployment.ohio.gov.

Novel coronavirus-related claims workers who lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus can enter the mass-layoff number 2000180 on their applications. However, if affected individuals have already submitted claims without this number, they do not need to add it.

Read Friday’s print edition of the Tribune Chronicle or online at www.tribtoday.com for more on this story.

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