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Ohio Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Q) When should application filedEligibility_Requirements
 
A) You should file your application for unemployment Insurance benefits as soon as you become unemployed
 
How do I establish eligibility?
To qualify for unemployment benefits, the following four key factors must be met.
  • You are totally or partially unemployed at the time you file your application.
  • You worked enough weeks and earned enough money in covered employment during the base period of your claim. You must have worked at least 20 weeks in covered employment during the base period. If you worked for more than one covered employer during the base period, you may still be eligible. Each of these 20 weeks is called a qualifying week.If you file your application during 2014, you must have an average weekly wage (before taxes or other deductions) of at least $233 during the base period.

    The average weekly wage is determined by dividing your total wages for all qualifying weeks in the base period by the total number qualifying weeks. For example: If you had $32,000 in total wages and 32 qualifying weeks, then $32,000 divided by 32 = $1,000 average weekly wage.

  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own. For example, if you quit your recent job with good reason (as defined by the law) or if the employer fired you without good cause, that would be considered “no fault of your own.”
 
Information needed to apply for Ohio Unemployment Insurance benefits
  • Social Security number and either your driver’s license or state ID
  • Name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • Name, address, telephone number and dates you worked during past six weeks of employment.
  • If you had out-of-state employment in the last 18 months, the name, address, telephone number, and dates you worked.
  • If you were separated from military service in the last 18 months, your discharge papers (form DD-214, member 4).
  • If you were employed by the federal government in the last 18 months, the SF-8 or SF-50
  • The reason you became totally or partially unemployed.
  • Dependents, their names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth.
  • Spouse’s name, Social Security number (even if you do not claim your spouse).
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, your alien registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization.
  • Your regular occupation and job skills. read more

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