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January 2013 – Unemployment Numbers Increased Slightly

Ohio’s unemployment rate increased slightly in the beginning of 2013. December’s rate was 6.7%, and raised slightly to 7.0% in January. Though this is an increase for the state, the rate is still lower than it was this time last year (7.6%) and below the current National average (7.9%). Additional details and a break down Read More

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Ohio is an “At-Will” Employment State, Why Do I Have to Pay UI Benefits?

Ohio is one of 43 states in the US that have an At-Will Employment Policy. This essentially means that when you hire an employee, you or that employee can end the employee/employer relationship at any time for any reason.  This At-Will employment policy covers you in regards to labor laws, but has absolutely nothing to Read More

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UI Office Consolidation Could Save Ohio More than $2 Million

In a news release dated 01/17/13 the ODJFS announced that they will be consolidating offices in an effort to save the state nearly $2 million annually. The old days of going to your local unemployment office and filing for a check each week are long gone. With access to the internet increasing, the state has Read More

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Substitute Teachers Eligible for Unemployment?

The majority of schools use the Aesop online system to contact substitute teachers when jobs are available. Although this is a great system that simplifies processes for school districts, ODJFS does not recognize Aesop system calls as valid job offers or refusals. If the system calls a substitute and they do not answer the phone the Read More

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Valid Job Offers Could Improve Unemployment Rate

During the winter months certain industries may have little to no work available for employees, which could increase filing of unemployment claims. While these months do hinder work, several creative companies are offering jobs to employees during this season that may last a couple of weeks. Do you know how to offer an employee this Read More

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December 2012 – Unemployment Decreases

Ohio’s unemployment rate continues to decrease. December’s rate was 6.7%, down from 6.8% in November. This is a large decrease from where we were at that time in the previous year (7.9% in December 2011). We continue to be below the current national average of 7.8%. Additional details and a break down by County can Read More

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Unemployment Vocabulary Lesson Part 2

Unemployment can feel like another universe sometimes. Part of the mystique is simply due to vocabulary. Here are some more words and phrases that are used regularly in Unemployment that can help you understand things a little better. Base Period The last lesson talked about what it meant to be a “base period employer”. In Read More

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Unemployment Vocabulary Lesson

Unemployment can feel like another universe sometimes. Part of the mystique is simply due to vocabulary. Here are some words and phrases that are used regularly in Unemployment that can help you understand things a little better. Reimbursing or Contributing Employer These words refer to your method of payment to the state agency for claims. Read More

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Ohio Unemployment Rate is Declining

The unemployment rate in Ohio has been on the steady decline over the past year. The latest numbers for June 2012, show Ohio’s overall unemployment rate as 7.2%. June 2011’s rate was 8.9%. Ohio’s rate has been below the National average since 2005, but we have dropped well below the current national average of 8.2%. These numbers can Read More

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Ohio’s Unemployment Rate for May 2012 Drops Slightly

Ohio’s unemployment rate continues to drop, moving from 7.4% in April 2012 to 7.3% in May 2012. A year ago in May, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 8.8%. What changes do you feel have been made to reduce Ohio’s unemployment rate?