COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans filed 8,182 initial traditional unemployment claims last week — 1,502 fewer than the previous week — with 136,163 continued traditional unemployment claims filed last week, which was 6,587 fewer than the previous week.
Ohioans filed 13,755 initial Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims last week, 2,642 more than the previous week.
Initial claims include claims that have been flagged for potential fraud. Of the 13,755 initial PUA claims filed last week, 4,932 were flagged for potential fraud. All initial unemployment applications are thoroughly reviewed before they are either approved for payment or denied.
Ohioans filed 204,354 continued PUA claims last week, which was 8,483 fewer than the previous week.The total number of claims filed from August 15-21 was 362,454.
Ohio’s unemployment rate in July was 5.4 %. The national unemployment rate in July also was 5.4%.
Ohio’s labor force participation rate in July was 60.5%. The national labor force participation rate in July was 61.7%.