Ohio Still Excludes Many from Unemployment Compensation

December 17, 2007

Ohio is one of the most restrictive states in the country in its earnings requirements to qualify for unemployment compensation. Though the increase in the state minimum wage has allowed more workers to qualify, Ohio is one of only three states in the country where a minimum wage worker employed 29 hours a week all year would not be eligible for unemployment compensation. It is also one of only three states in which a worker making $9 an hour all year for 20 hours a week would not qualify. Those are among the findings of an analysis by Policy Matters Ohio on how Ohio’s monetary eligibility standard compares with that of other states.

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