Virus Outbreak Unemployment

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, takes off a mask during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on "COVID-19/Unemployment Insurance" on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

(The Center Square) – Ohio initial unemployment claims fell by 5,991 claims for the week ending July 18.

The state also reported a 31,206 week-over-week decline in new claims for the week ending July 11.  

The state isn’t entirely out of the woods yet, however.

Ohio’s unemployment stands at 403,051 total claims as of July 18, according to U.S. Department of Labor data released Thursday morning.

The DOL reported 29,764 new claims in Ohio for the week ending July 18, a decrease of 5,991 new claims from the previous week’s 35,755 initial claims.

National numbers jumped by 109,000 initial claims for the week ending July 18 to 1,416,000 total claims, bumping the nation’s unemployment to just above 11 percent.

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 11 were in Florida (+65,890), Georgia (+33,292), California (+20,123), Washington (+16,116), and Indiana (+6,258), while the largest decreases were in Maryland (-13,728), Texas (-11,583), New Jersey (-8,577), Michigan (-6,882), and Louisiana (-5,066).

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending July 4 were in Puerto Rico (26.0), Nevada (21.3), Hawaii (20.7), Georgia (18.0), California (16.9), Louisiana (16.6), New York (16.1), Connecticut (15.4), the Virgin Islands (15.2), and Massachusetts (15.0).

Regional Editor

Bruce Walker is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as editor at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s MichiganScience magazine and The Heartland Institute’s InfoTech & Telecom News.