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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

 There are 2 ways to apply for unemployment benefits in Ohio:

  • Online at This website is available 24/7.
  • By calling 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408 (excluding holidays) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • For mass lay-offs or shut down associated with COVID-19, use the following number to speed the processing of unemployment benefits: 2000180


The Worker’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance:

This booklet provides important information about unemployment benefits in Ohio, including how to apply, how eligibility is determined, and what must be done to receive payments.


The Top 10 Things You Should Know:

This flyer provides general information about the Unemployment Insurance program, including important telephone numbers and web addresses. for Unemployment Insurance Claimants:

This rack card provides a checklist of items needed when applying for unemployment benefits. It also provides a list of the requirements for establishing and maintaining eligibility.


How-to Videos:

This web page has links to instructions for using Ohio’s online unemployment benefit system,, as well as


Interactive Map:

This interactive map can help individuals locate their nearest Ohio MeansJobs center, where they can get one-on-one assistance finding their next better job.