The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 20 weeks (1,583,739) was more than the combined total of those filed during the last four years, the state said.
Over the last 20 weeks, the state has distributed more than $5.8 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 771,000 Ohioans.
While the national drop in claims from the previous week is welcome, the number is still quite high.
First-time or initial claims for jobless benefits have been lodged at around 1.3 million a week since late June, according to Labor Department data.
That’s still down dramatically from 6.9 million weekly claims in late March, when fears of the pandemic and government lock-down orders first took serious hold.
PNC Financial Senior Economist Bill Adams noted that federal extended unemployment insurance benefits expired July 31.
“More important to the near-term outlook than these jobs data is whether the increased unemployment insurance benefits are extended,” Adams said Thursday. “If not, aggregate household income will drop by about $75 billion per month beginning in August, which would cause a large net decline in household income in the third quarter and create a very large headwind to the recovery.”
The White House and Congressional Democrats continue to negotiate on a new relief package, which may include an extension of those benefits.
Butler County saw 710 new or initial benefits claims last week, on top of 12,042 continuing claims. In Warren County those numbers were 384 and 5,833, respectively.
Clark County residents filed 218 initial claims for benefits, with 3,883 claims ongoing.
Ohio ranks 30 on a WalletHub national ranking of the state’s experiencing the quickest recovery from COVID-19, WalletHub said it compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three metrics based on changes in unemployment claims.