There’s good news and bad news on Ohio’s unemployment front. The good news is that the state’s official jobless rate continues to be about one full percentage point below the national average. But now, that is sparking some bad news for jobless workers.
Federal unemployment benefits are tied to states’ unemployment rates and since Ohio is doing relatively well, the feds are cutting back the money they send here. Ben Johnson is with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and he explains to statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen what the cutback will mean to the jobless.
Johnson: “So at the beginning of December the maximum number that an Ohioan can collect both state and federal will drop from 73 to 63 and then the other important thing to know is that on December 29th that the federal program is scheduled to come to an end. Previously, congress has written the law so that the program phases itself out over a period of weeks and months, that’s not the case with the current version of the law so as the law is written the On December 29th and beginning in 2013 Ohio will only have the regular weeks of state unemployment available”
That’s Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The agency reports that, currently, about 138-thousand Ohioans are collecting unemployment benefits.