State Agencies Online Services
Department of Jobs and Family Services

Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations


Be Aware

This website,, is the only place where you can file for unemployment benefits with the state of Ohio, read/reply to your correspondence, and maintain your unemployment account.

You may encounter other websites for unemployment claim filing services and pop-up advertisements for prepaid debit cards, such as NetSpend or GreenDot. These websites and services are not associated with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and are NOT required for you to receive unemployment benefits. The pop-up advertisements are related to your internet browser history. ODJFS will never ask you for your credit card number to use our services. To avoid identity theft, always use caution when providing personal or financial information.

Work Search and Reemployment Activity Reminder

Claimants who file new applications for unemployment compensation and who are required to search for work must complete these reemployment activities at

1. Create or upload a resume with specifics about your work history.

2. Complete the "Career Profile" assessment to identify careers that match your skills and interests.

These activities must be completed by the dates specified on your New Claim Instruction Sheet. If they are not, your benefits may STOP until the activities are completed.

For more information about the requirements, CLICK HERE

For help navigating, click on the links below:

Accessing and Logging into DESK AID | VIDEO

Creating or Uploading a Resume in DESK AID | VIDEO

Creating a Career Profile in DESK AID | VIDEO

NOTE: If your application indicates an expected return-to-work date, verification from an employer will be requested. If you indicated that you are a student or in a union, proof of student or union status will be required, as well. If verified, your work search requirement may be waived.

Treasury Offset Program

Ohio is collecting unpaid, fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). This program allows state agencies to collect outstanding debts by intercepting federal income tax returns.

In most cases, fraud occurs when people attempt to collect unemployment benefits while they are working or after they return to work. Fraud also can occur when people intentionally provide false information about the reasons they are no longer working, collect unemployment compensation from another state while also collecting from Ohio, or are not actively seeking work.

To avoid TOP collection, individuals will need to settle all outstanding unemployment debt with ODJFS or Ohio's Attorney General as soon as possible.

Claimant Work Search

Looking for a job is the No. 1 way to find work – and a requirement for receiving unemployment benefits. You must personally apply with at least two new employers each week. If you don't and you still receive benefits, you will have to repay those benefits. You also could face other penalties. Worker's Guide to Unemployment Compensation

Create Resume and Career Profile

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Report it by calling toll-free

1-800-686-1555 or click:

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