Ohio Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Ohio you have to:

1. Be a resident of Ohio. If you are not a resident of Ohio, but worked in Ohio at your last job, you should still have Ohio unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Ohio.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Ohio. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Dave 2011-02-19 21:15
Can a person work a seasonal job (such as landscaping) and receive unemployment benefits during the winter months when he is not working? If not, then how is it that so many people do just that year after year? If it is illegal to receive benefits in a situation like this, are there any audit procedures in effect to prevent this? Thanks
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# Shawn 2011-02-24 22:24
Was questioning my un-employment eligibilty. Worked with a company for 22yrs. 1985-2007. Company closed the branch I worked at, so I took the buy-out. Was out of work for approx. 6 months before working again at another business. Stayed employed their for a year, before another oppurtunity came along. At this business though they had me work as a sub-contractor. They just announced that the work is slowing down, and my help would no longer be needed after 2+ years. What are my un-employment options. Send me info ASAP
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# Daniel G 2011-02-28 19:39
i recently left a job in cincinnatti to return to arkansas. I never officially changed my residency due to family concerns. My questions are mainly whether or not I qualify for unemployment benefits and if I can proceed with the application process at a local Arkansas unemployment office

Thank you
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# ? 2011-12-05 15:39
Quoting Daniel G:
i recently left a job in cincinnatti

I'm pretty sure you can't quit a job and expect to collect unemployment, that's not how it works.
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# Mr.smith 2011-03-22 08:59
my wife was put on a medical leave. She wasnt cleared to go back to work until 1-2 weeks after her six month short term disability/fmla had expired. Being after the fmla expired her employer said they would try to find her a position someplace else in the company, but she has no income coming in and no promise of a job. Would she be eligible for unemployment in Ohio?
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# matt p 2011-05-20 07:19
my company is getting ready to move 25 miles from where it is. it will effectivelyt make me have to drive double the distance. this is just a part time job. will i be able to draw unemployment? I live in ohio.
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# Rob 2011-08-15 09:01
I retired in November 2010 after over 30 years of service and lost my pension that I depended on in June 2011 due to company financial hardship. I am actively searching for a new job with no luck yet. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits until I find a new job?
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# Jason 2011-10-26 15:53
I worked 10 minutes from my home 1-1/2 years ago, my employer closed the office that I was located at consolidating it with another. The other office is located 1-1/2 hours one way from my residence and my childrens schools. I have continued to commute because I like my job but it is putting a strain on me and my family. I have no time or energy for them because I am commuting 3 hours per day. If I quit now would I be eligible for benefits?
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# laura 2011-11-14 14:54
I have been unemployed for over a year. I worked at a job that I was part time on paper but working full time hours. This was great till I became pregnant. After having my baby I only wanted to work part time but they could not guarentee me - so I did not want a unprediciable schedule with a newborn at home. Do I qualify for unemployment now? I have been actively seeking new employment.
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# Jennifer 2012-01-04 20:32
My father was fired from his job of 15 years for "creating a hostile work enviornment" which is not possible for my father. He has a mental condition to which he really cannot be around a lot of people for a long period of time. There was a situation with one of his higher ups one day at work and they fired him and on his papers for being discharged from his job it said he was creating a hostile work enviornment. What should he do? Would he even recieve unemployment? Any help would be greatly appreciated. He now has been without a job for 3 months and is getting ready to be evicted from his apartment.
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# HR 2012-02-07 15:11
He should apply. Usually they disqualify the if they were fired due to gross misconduct. If they knew of his "disability", he should file a claim under the EEOC for wrongful termination due to his protected class under ADA- Americans With Disabilities Act.
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# Nic 2012-01-19 16:26
I notified my employer of intent to move out of state but would not happen for many months. They fired me. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# phyllis b 2012-01-31 17:36
I became employed and i recieve social security and disability my question is even though I recieve disibility and I am still looking for work can I still file a claim.
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# Terry 2012-02-05 09:59
I have worked at the same company for almost 14 years. When I turned 62, I began working part-time (24/26 hrs. week)....and started to recieved Social Security benefits, keeping my yearly income under the ceiling you are allowed to make before paying anything back to SS. My question is, if I was terminated, would I qualify for unemployment benfefits until I found another part-time position?? Thanks.
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# monica 2012-02-28 09:41
Do i qualify if i worked approx. 25 hours or more a week for 5 months
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# Stacy 2012-03-26 16:00
I worked for 14 years then resigned. Was rehired for an interim position for 8 months.....working 80% or four days a week. At the end of my 8 months am I eligible for unemployment?
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# tom 2012-04-10 18:45
The company I'm working for is merging with another. I've been employed with this company for seven years. My job will probably be terminated. I will be offerred an oppertunity to apply for a different position with a decrease in hourly pay. If I refuse the demotion would I qualify for Ohio unemployment benefits.
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# angie 2012-04-26 14:40
question: due to unforseen circumstances i had to move 2 hrs away from my job but i was working from home 3 out of 5 days a week until my employet recently eliminated the work from home program, making it impossible to commute 4 hrs a day to work....am i able to resign my job and still be able to collect unemployment? i have been there for seven yrs next month. thank you.
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# Rachelle 2012-06-24 13:47
I have just notified one of the managers at my place of employment of sexual harrassment by the president of my company. I know he has notified their lawyer and he will be coming in sometime in the next few weeks. I have documented all of the incidents with dates and even the people I told after it happened. If this process goes badly can I quit and get unemployment? I am afraid that once my boss is approached it will get very uncomfortable for me to work there and have no idea what if any thing will be done about it. So I need to know if I have a fallback plan.
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# Marlene 2012-08-24 20:54
In Ohio is there a minimum number of hours of work required to become eligible for unemployment
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# Di 2012-09-23 09:16
I have worked at the same furniture store for 7 years. Commission only.The store is 2 minute walk from my home. I have no car. The store is closing in a month and relocating 5 miles away. I wont be able to get there. Do I qualify for unemployment if so how do I go about it?
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# Jennifer 2012-09-25 17:41
My husband has worked part time for a village since may of 2012. Even though he is only part time, he has wored anywhere from 39 hours to 50 hours in a week. The village is talking about laying him off for the winter, since work will be slow, wanting him to come back in the spring. Will he be able to collect unemployement benefits in the state of Ohio?
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# mary 2012-10-03 09:26
i worked in ohio for a company out of oklahoma. they hired me as a nomadic employee and now they are doing away with the position and have given me a choice to relocate to oklahoma but with no time off to move or money to help with the move. i am from kansas and kansas unemployment says i have to file my unemployment claim through ohio as that is where my wages are. am i eligible for unemployment in ohio since i cannot come up with the money to move?
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# vanessa 2012-10-11 08:51
Can you get benfits if you were forced to resign?
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# Carolyn 2012-12-10 14:50
I worked 30 hrs a wk for 31/2 yrs. Now my employer wants me to work "on call" when needed.. They say the aren't firing me or laying me off. Because we are an "at will" state, I can not collect unemployment from them. Starting immediately. When I stated I couldn't afford to do this, she then started making accusations that they have been getting complaints from people about me. Then she said Since I was the highest paid, I was the one to be cut and Nikki would fill in for me when the needed. What can I do
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# Delilah 2012-12-12 16:47
I was employed for a couple years and I had a valid FMLA for my condition. Recently I was fired because I wasn't feeling well and called in sick. They said I'm calling in too many times sick but according to FMLA I can get up to 12 weeks of sick days, I only had 6 days this year so according to FMLA I was fired illegally. Can I apply for Ohio unemployment since I have to state that I have a physical disability? I can still work in places where I can sit (no physical exertion) but practically my condition is identified as a physical disability. So can I get unemployment while I look for another job?
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# Danielle 2013-01-02 09:48
Can unemployment be collected when a business moves your department to another city that is 45 minutes away? I have tried to keep my job for as long as I was able after they moved us from Alliance, OH to Kent, OH. I live in Beloit, OH. I am now without a car and do not know how I will manage to keep my job without transportation. I started with the company in Alliance near my home. When they moved our department to Kent I didn't think I had another choice but to come. Then they shut our department down here and I had to work at our Cleveland location in order to keep a job. I was then hospitalized which caused me to miss work. The Cleveland location fired me from my position and forced me into another. At that point I had to go back to the Kent store in order to have a job. I have done everything possible to keep this job but now am at a loss and do not know where to go from here. It is not feasible for me to get back and forth without reliable transportation, which I do not have, nor can I get at this point in time. Please advise
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# Preston 2013-01-09 16:53
Because our school levy failed there were cuts made and my employer had to cut my hours from 40 to 20 hours a week. Do I qualify for unemployment until I find a second job?
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# Shelly 2013-01-09 16:58
Can you get unemployment if your hours are cut in half due to cut-backs?
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# miss smith 2013-01-12 18:56
Can I collect unemployment benefits if a company forces me to relocate to another location against my will and they fire me because i wont take the transfer?
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# Deborah 2013-01-22 08:12
If you are currently working, but your hours have been drastically reduced, can you apply for unemployment?
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# pbrewster 2013-04-11 09:51
I retired from the Army in January 2007, I got a job in Cincinnati Ohio where I worked for over 5yrs, this past August 2012, I got injured (outside of the workplace) I was put on FMLA, well after being medical leave for 6months I was let go from my job. My question is, do I qualify for unemployment benefits while still receiving my military pension?? Please respond ASAP..
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# Denise 2013-04-11 20:38
What happen is ...I applied at another job and got the job but I was going to work both places forawhile till I got enough hrs at new place of employment. One of the managers told me that they would work with me with other job, I go in today and they ask if I got the job, I said "YES", so she said well she has already got the schedule made out for next week but thats ur last week but I start 2 days training at my new job.
I was wondering if I could draw unemployment from a place I had worked at ...and pretty much they fired me ? for that reason?
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# Shelly 2013-04-26 14:50
I was laid off from a job i had for 15 years. recieved 2 tiers of EUC which ended in March. I am a full time student and started working 1 day a week for the past 4 weeks. Thats all they could offer me and it is only $90 a week. Will i still be eligable I get the teir 3 EUC in May when they start it again? Thank you for any input.
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# Sharon 2016-07-16 19:12
I was fired for not taking a drug test. Am I able to receive unemployment?
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