How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Ohio?

To qualify for unemployment insurance in Ohio, you must have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period. You almost must earn at least 27.5% of Ohio’s average weekly wages (AWW) during a 20 week employment time span.

Ohio’s AWW is $909.

27.5% of this is $250.

Therefore, you must earn a minimum of $5,000 within the entire base period in order to qualify for unemployment insurance in Ohio.

Ohio does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters in the base period (instead of the first four), is available for those who fail to qualify under the regular base period.

In Ohio an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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