August 8, 2010 by USA Post
Unemployment.ohio.gov, The Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has announced that up to 155,000 eligible unemployed workers in Ohio will receive federal benefits of long-term unemployment, after President Obama signed a bill on Thursday, extending deadlines for the program May 29 November 27.
“We are very pleased that Congress and the President have decided to continue the expansion of this lifeline,” said ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin. “Every day we hear first hand about the difficulties that unemployed workers in Ohio are facing as a result of the ongoing national recession. They need the temporary assistance as they strive to find new jobs, support their families and regain their financial stability. ”
ODJFS paid and 46.8 million on Monday extended benefits, including lump sums retroactive, mainly due to the extension. To put that figure in perspective, the Monday before the body care and 16.8 million in extended benefits, as more Ohioans found ineligible due to the May 29 deadline. ODJFS had advised the claimant to continue the presentation of the benefits during the interim period, in the event that the new legislation was passed.
ODJFS began notifying potential claimants eligible for the extended deadlines through an automated dialer system on Friday. He has also published www.unemployment.ohio.gov updates. As a result of the legislation, eligible Ohio residents potentially unemployed can receive benefits for up to 99 weeks: 26 weeks of regular state unemployment, followed by 53 weeks of federal benefits for long-term unemployment and an additional 20 weeks of benefits state that are financed with federal funds. The legislation does not add the total number of weeks that claimants can receive benefits, but simply extended the terms for both the extent of federal and state unemployment programs, so that claimants exhaust their “regular” 26 weeks benefits are now eligible for other weeks of benefits.
Claimants with questions may visit or call www.unemployment.ohio.gov 1-877-OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) for free. The agency recently expanded its call center hours. Operators are now available from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am-3 pm Saturday.
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