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UI Guidance to Federal Employees Affected by the Shutdown

Federal employees affected by the federal government shutdown can file for Ohio Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if they are partially or totally unemployed due to the federal shutdown.

Federal employees who wish to file for unemployment insurance are encouraged to file with the state where the job is located not necessarily their resident state.

New Ohio UI claims may be filed online at (*go to the “Unemployed Workers” section under the tab, “File/Appeal Benefits”), or those needing special assistance may call (877) 644-6562.

If individuals are paid Ohio UI benefits and later receive backpay for the same weeks, the UI weeks will be considered overpaid, and ODJFS will send a notice requiring repayment of the benefits.

Additional information regarding federal employee eligibility can be found here:

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.

Help Prevent Fraud

ODJFS needs your help to prevent unemployment fraud and improper payments. If you're a claimant, provide accurate and timely information regarding your work and earnings, job searches, and other eligibility requirements. If you're an employer, provide accurate and timely responses to requests for information. Report unemployment fraud at

SharedWork Ohio Works for You

SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, the participating employer reduces affected employees' hours in a uniform manner. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment compensation benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. For more information, go to

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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