Monday, March 11, 2002

State will extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks




Enquirer staff and news services

        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Bob Taft on Saturday announced that jobless Ohioans can collect unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. Those collecting unemployment usually are cut off after 26 weeks.

        Taft's announcement came the same day President Bush signed a long-sought economic stimulus package, which includes the federally funded extensions.

        “This extension will help the thousands of Ohioans who have lost their jobs due to the national recession to support their families and pay their bills as they continue to look for work,” Taft said.

        Workers who have exhausted eligibility for unemployment benefits at any time on or after March 17, 2001, could be eligible for the extra weeks.

        The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which administers the state's unemployment compensation program, will mail applications this week to more than 300,000 potentially eligible recipients.

        Tom Hayes, the department's director, said the agency has hired 60 people to help process unemployment claims because it expected the benefits extension.

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       On the Net:
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