Job Services & Education FAQs

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) requests that unemployment fraud be report by calling the toll-free hotline, or by visiting the ODJFS website. It is important for all instances of fraud to be reported in a timely manner, so an investigation can begin.

  1. How long does the process take to apply for unemployment benefits?
    Depending on which way an applicant applies, the process to apply for unemployment usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Applicants who begin the process online can save and log out to complete the application later, as long as it is finished in its entirety within 24 hours.

  3. Can I claim a spouse as a dependent on an application for Ohio benefits?
    Yes, a spouse can be claimed as a dependent, as long as the marriage occurred at least 90 days before the benefit year start-date and he or she meets the necessary requirements involving income, living situation and support provided by the beneficiary. Learn more about unemployment applications in Ohio by downloading our free guide.

  5. Does the OhioMeansJobs website offer online training?
    Yes, the OhioMeansJobs website offers online training tests, which can be taken by prospective employees looking to practice their skills or measure their assessments in order to find a career that best suits their needs. Read more about OhioMeansJobs in our comprehensive guide.

  7. What is military credit, and how can I apply it to an Ohio university or college?
    Anyone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard may have the opportunity to use his or her training, experience and coursework , nd apply it toward college credit within an Ohio university or college. The coursework will need to be recognized by the American Council on Education or another accrediting body.

  9. How does the ApprenticeOhio program work?
    ApprenticeOhio is a program in which students can learn the skills necessary to pursue a career or a field of their choosing. Enrolling in ApprenticeOhio can provide training for careers in areas such as manufacturing, construction, computer technology and more.

  11. What is the Aspire Program in Ohio?
    The Aspire Program, formerly known as the ABLE program, provides free services and training for Ohioans looking to pursue post-secondary education. These classes cover basic areas of reading, writing, GED preparation, transition services and more.

  13. How can I claim a child as a dependent for Ohio benefits?
    Any child – biological, adopted or stepchild – can be claimed as a dependent as long as he or she is 18 years of age or younger at the start of the benefit year, or if he or she is 18 years of age or older with a permanent mental or physical disability.

  15. What is the Low-Cost Pathways Program in Ohio?
    The Low-Cost Pathways Program is a way for students to begin their college degrees at less-expensive Ohio colleges, such as community colleges, and then continue to finish their degrees at larger Ohio universities.

  17. What happens if I’m collecting Ohio unemployment and I’m offered a job?
    When eligible for unemployment in Ohio, prospective employees must accept suitable work that is offered to them, especially if the position or work offered is in line with their training or experience. If employees turn down opportunities, then their benefits may be at risk for suspension or denial.

  19. Where can I find a list of the most in-demand jobs in Ohio?
    OhioMeansJobs provides lists of the most in-demand occupations, and breaks them down by area of the state. This type of information is beneficial for those who are looking to pursue careers in fields that are seeking employees.

  21. What do I do when I receive a “Notice of Eligibility Issue” in Ohio?
    The “Notice of Eligibility Issue” is sent when the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has concern regarding continued benefit eligibility. The Issue will address the specific reason for the concern, the beginning date of the concern and what action caused the concern.

  23. I want to go back to school in Ohio but I work full-time. What can I do?
    Ohio offers a variety of both evening and weekend classes that can be tailored to fit a student’s schedule. For a comprehensive list of Adult Learning Programs in Ohio, plus those offering night and weekend classes, browse the Ohio Department of Higher Education website.

  25. I want to begin my college career in Ohio early. How do I do that?
    In Ohio, students have the ability to start college early or apply for dual-enrollment options, which can provide college credit. The Ohio College Credit Plus program helps students earn both college credits and high school credits, simultaneously.

  27. Why have I not received benefits for my first week of unemployment in Ohio?
    It is required by law that an unemployment beneficiary completes a one-week waiting period after he or she files a claim for benefits. During the waiting week no benefits are paid, despite the fact the applicant meets all eligibility requirements.

  29. Are there any time limits for filing an appeal regarding Ohio unemployment benefits?
    Yes. All appeals not involving the courts will need to be filed within 21 calendar days from the date the determination was issued. If the appeal date falls on a weekend or a holiday, then the 21 calendar days will begin that following business day.

  31. What is the On-The-Job-Training Program in Ohio?
    The On-The-Job-Training Program in Ohio is offered to employers so that they can hire and train eligible employees for long-term career positions. The employer will work directly with the OhioMeansJobs Center in order to find, prescreen and hire prospective employees.

  33. If I’m appealing my unemployment benefits, should I still continue to file claims?
    Yes. For any weeks that an applicant is unemployed, he or she must file unemployment claims. If the appeal is decided in favor of the beneficiary, then payment on these claims will be provided. If claims were not submitted and the appeal is in his or her favor, payments will not be provided.

  35. What is the difference between an Ohio internship and a co-op?
    An internship is partnership between a student and an employer that allows the student to put skills to use in the workplace. An internship usually provides academic credit after completion. A cooperative education, or co-op, partners students and employers, and alternates between periods of academic study with work experience.

  37. I think I’ve been overpaid on my Ohio unemployment benefits. What do I do?
    If a beneficiary receives overpayment on benefits, then he or she will receive a notice explaining the situation of why it was incorrect and for how much, as well as outline the necessary steps to repay the overpayment amount.

Ohio Job Services

What Job Services Does Ohio Provide to its Residents?

Ohio works to ensure its residents have help obtaining and retaining stable employment through its Department of Job and Family Services. Qualified residents can receive benefits such as Unemployment Insurance or partake in free training programs designed to improve employability. Additionally, qualified students can learn more about funding for higher education. Find out more about these services and how you can obtain them by reviewing our comprehensive guide today.

Who Can Receive Job Services in Ohio?

Job services in Ohio are available for residents throughout the state. However, in order to receive funds for education or for unemployment compensation, you will need to meet certain income requirements, among others. Additionally, you will need to fill out the appropriate forms in order to be considered for benefits. Find out the steps necessary in each application process and how you can qualify for benefits by reviewing our Ohio job services guide here.