Several free resources are available to job seekers in Ohio. These publications and online instructions explain how to apply for unemployment benefits, how to meet the program’s ongoing eligibility requirements, and how to access free employment services at OhioMeansJobs.com and Ohio’s OhioMeansJobs centers. Below are summaries of each, along with links for ordering/accessing them. 


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. It is available in English, Somali, and Spanish. Printed copies of the English version may be ordered.


The Top 10 Things You Should Know
This flyer provides general information about the Unemployment Insurance program, including important telephone numbers and web addresses. It is available in both English and Spanish, and it would be easy to post printed copies on a community bulletin board or other prominent display.

OhioMeansJobs.com 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, unemployment.ohio.gov, as well as OhioMeansJobs.com, Ohio’s online career and employment center.


Interactive Map

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



How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

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

·         Online at unemployment.ohio.gov. 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.