Starting in September, the number of weeks allowed for Ohio’s jobless to collect unemployment is dropping from 73 to a maximum of 63 weeks, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting.
This change is due to the improving unemployment rate in Ohio. As of July 2012, the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.2 percent, meaning that the state does not qualify for as many weeks of unemployment under the Federal Unemployment Compensation Program. About 138,000 workers are currently receiving unemployment compensation, according to the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services.
Congress had authorized additional weeks of emergency unemployment compensation in states with high unemployment. These funds were geared specifically to help workers who had run out of state unemployment benefits during the recession. The emergency federal benefits program is scheduled to expire on Dec. 29, 2012. After that date, unemployed workers will have the traditional 26 weeks of state benefits.
For more information on benefits available to Ohio workers, visit the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services website.
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