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Ohio Brings Back Work Search Requirement For Jobless Benefits

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
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Ohio labor officials say people collecting unemployment benefits will soon have to once again prove they're looking for work to quality.

Beginning May 23, people collecting unemployment will have to prove they're applying for jobs, attending a resume writing course or working on a reemployment plan at ohiomeansjobs.com.

“Now that Ohioans have had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can safely return to work, it only makes sense that we restore work-search requirements for everyone,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in an emailed press release. Ohio joined many other states in waiving the work search requirement early in the pandemic.

Those exempt from the search requirement include people who've been temporarily laid off and those taking approved training or schooling. There are also exemptions for people in good standing with union halls that refer members for jobs.

A release says the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will notify unemployed Ohioans impacted by this change.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.