Background and Summary
In early 2020, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), InnovateOhio and the Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) partnered with the Ohio State University’s Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) to expand and refine unemployment claims data in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The impacts of widespread business closures due to the pandemic have led to severe labor market changes in Ohio. The new Unemployment Insurance Claims Dashboard contains information that shows how various industries and groups of workers throughout the state have been impacted by the pandemic.
Data used in the Analysis
The information in the dashboard is compiled by the OERC using Unemployment Insurance Claims (UI Claims) data from the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive (OLDA), as collected by the ODJFS.
Visitors to the dashboard are able to view the following key metrics and data details on Reported Counts and Type of UI Claims:
- Reported Counts The total number of UI claims in Ohio, excluding out‐of‐state residents. Counts represent the number of claims per person, per claim date, per claim type (i.e. multiple claims per person appear as multiple counts).
- Claims Initial Refer to the newly filed claims recorded for each reported time period. Continued claims indicate the cumulative number of claims that are eligible for benefit receipt and continued to be collected by the beneficiaries.
Providing Critical Data to Drive Awareness
By publishing key data and metrics associated with UI Claims, OWT, ODJFS and OERC aim to drive awareness of the unprecedented impacts the pandemic has had on Ohio’s labor market. Additional data points in these reports include demographic details (Age, Race, Gender), location, occupation and industry data. These granular details should serve Ohioans to better understand the changing labor market and patterns and trends that emerge as Ohio implements vaccines and adopts other responses to the virus. The dashboard will continue to provide value beyond the COVID crisis, providing rapid-time insights about Ohio’s labor market.