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Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

More than 1 in 4 U.S. workers have lost their jobs since the coronavirus crisis shut down much of the economy in March.

Just last week, another 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's down 323,000 from the previous week but brings the total for the past 10 weeks to 40.8 million, which represents 26% of the civilian labor force in April.

 This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.
Mike Groll / Associated Press

The state official in charge of the agency administering Ohio's unemployment system was on the hot seat Wednesday before a panel of state lawmakers.

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in downtown Columbus.
Ohio Public Radio

As Ohio’s businesses reopen, workers are concerned about the availability of child care, the cleanliness of their workplaces and the safety of vulnerable family members before going back to work.

Melissa Kelsey drove for Lyft and Uber in Columbus, but the coronavirus made demand plummet.
Eye On Ohio

Carmine Ballard graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016, with two Bachelor of Arts degrees— one in psychology, another in women's and gender studies. Ballard’s parents helped them through college, paying their tuition, but Ballard still ended up with about $10,000 worth of federal student loans by graduation, for living expenses during college.

"Closed" signs on the front of a restaurant in Bexley near downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s unemployment rate reached a record high of 16.8% in April, nearly triple the month before, as COVID-19 closures fully hit economic activity.

The United States is still losing jobs at an alarming pace two months after the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Another 2.4 million people filed claims for unemployment last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That's down 249,000 — or 9% — from the previous week, but still painfully high by historical standards.

In the past nine weeks, jobless claims have totaled 38.6 million. That's roughly one out of every four people who were working in February, before the pandemic hit.

Deloitte, a consulting company contracted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), is investigating a data breach in the system launched last week to pay benefits to 1099 and self-employed workers. A mass message was sent to applicants letting them know that their personal information was left unconcealed for a period of time.

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in downtown Columbus.
Ohio Public Radio

Self-employed, independent contractors and 1099 workers in Ohio got some long-awaited news on Tuesday when the system to pay them jobless benefits finally went online.

The Dublin Barber Shoppe in Dublin, Ohio, has been closed since the state shut down hair services in March.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Two studies released Monday by The Ohio State University researchers are helping federal officials understand the emerging unemployment crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A lone goose prowls the empty parking lot in front of a closed Kohl's department store.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio has paid out more than $1.7 billion to over a half a million jobless Ohioans in the last seven weeks. But there another section of the state’s unemployment website that’s starting to get attention: a page where employers who are reopening can report workers who they say refuse to go back.

David Holm / WOSU Public Media

When businesses reopen in Ohio, customers and clients won’t be required by the state to wear masks or facial coverings. But with a few exceptions, the state is mandating employees to wear them, along with observing social distancing and cleaning and sanitizing spaces. 

Updated at 8:38 a.m. ET

The telephone lines are still jammed at the nation's unemployment offices.

Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. While that's down from the previous week's 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in the six weeks since the coronavirus began taking a wrecking ball to the U.S. job market.

That's roughly one out of five people who had a job in February.

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in downtown Columbus.
Ohio Public Radio

Updated: April 27, 2020 7 a.m.

Nearly a million Ohioans, 964,556 people, have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks, more than the combined total in the last two years. But more are coming, as thousands of Ohioans who are self-employed or independent contractors have been waiting to file for unemployment under new federal rules.

Updated at 8:46 a.m. ET

The number of people forced out of work during the coronavirus lockdown continues to soar to historic highs. Another 4.4 million people claimed unemployment benefits last week around the country, the Labor Department said.

That brings the total of jobless claims in just five weeks to more than 26 million people. That's more than all the jobs added in the past 10 years since the Great Recession.

Urgent care at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, on March 31, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Thousands of Ohioans whose elective procedures were postponed as a result of the state’s coronavirus outbreak will soon be able to access the treatment they need. Gov. Mike DeWine said the state is easing its restrictions on medical centers, and first priority will be given to patients awaiting surgeries.

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