Ohio unemployment claims rise again amid pandemic


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s claims for initial and continuing unemployment have jumped amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state reported Thursday.

The public social services agency said residents of Ohio filed 37,309 initial unemployment claims for the week ending Jan.9. That’s a 26% jump from last week and the highest number of weekly requests in a month. Residents of Ohio filed 278,026 continuous unemployment claims last week, slightly above the figure for the week before, according to data from the State Department of Employment and Family Services.

The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Ohio has risen over the past two weeks from 6,561 on December 30 to 8,117 on January 13, according to an Associated Press analysis of data provided by the COVID Tracking Project. Ohio has seen 9,881 COVID-19-related deaths to date, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.

The Department of Health said 338,778 residents of Ohio have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to date.

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