Use the calculator to estimate your Ohio weekly benefit amount (WBA) for unemployment compensation. The calculator was last updated in March 2020.
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Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.
The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.
Update (March 2020): The federal government temporarily increased unemployment benefits by an additional $600 per week per eligible recipient in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional amount is available in all US states/jurisdictions, although it may take some time for states to implement this increase. The calculator's estimated weekly benefit amount does not include this additional $600/week payment.
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Ohio Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Instructions and Explanations
Date Claim Filed
Enter the date that you filed your claim (or will file your claim) for unemployment.
Ohio will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your weekly benefit amount.
Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned
Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed, which are the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters.
Your wage earnings during these quarters are used to calculate your weekly benefit amount (WBA).
# of Weeks Worked During Preceding Quarters
Select the number of calendar weeks (Sunday through Saturday) that you worked during the preceding quarters listed above.
You must have worked at least 20 weeks to qualify for benefits. If you worked at least 20 weeks, but not during the base period, Ohio permits the use of an alternative base period (PDF) to qualify for eligibility.
Select if you have a dependent spouse who, during the 90-day period prior to filing your application, had income less than 25% or your base period average weekly wage and for whom you provided more than 50% of the cost of support.
Select the number of your dependent children for whom you provided more than 50% of the cost of support, and either are (a) under 18 years of age, or (b) disabled and unable to work.
Ohio Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results
Estimated Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your average weekly wage during the base period. Your average weekly wage must be at least $269 (before taxes and other deductions) in order to qualify for benefits.
The maximum WBA varies depending on the number of qualifying dependents (spouse plus children). If you have no dependents, your maximum WBA is $480. If you have one or two dependents, your maximum WBA is $582. If you have three or more dependents, your maximum WBA is $647. If your spouse is also claiming unemployment benefits, only one of you can receive the additional WBA cap increase from dependents.
The calculator will return an estimated weekly benefit rate of $0, if it appears that you do not meet the eligibility requirements described above. Remember, if you worked at least 20 weeks, but not during the base period, Ohio permits the use of an alternative base period (PDF) to qualify for eligibility.
Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments, such as delinquent child support payments.
Maximum # of Weeks
The maximum number of weeks for which you can receive your WBA is 26 weeks.
File a Claim in Ohio
The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations, the state government agency that helps Ohioan job seekers and workers.