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NewsWIB April 2020
COVID-19 Updates
Responsible RestartOhio
The guiding principles of the Responsible RestartOhio plan are protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families, supporting community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, and responsibly getting Ohio back to work.

Beginning on May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for manufacturing, distribution, and construction can be found at  coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio .

Beginning on May 4, 2020,  general office environments may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for general office environments can be found at  coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhi o .

Beginning on May 12, 2020,  consumer, retail, and services may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for consumer, retail and services can be found at  c oronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio .

For the most complete and up-to-date information, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio .
Census 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting people to complete their Census 2020 is challenging. Congrats to Ohio on a 57.7% self response and to Hamilton County for a 55.7% self response as of 04/27/2020. For those who want to see details across more areas, the self response rates from households responding online, by mail or by phone can be viewed by clicking on the images below.
Spotlight on Employment
OhioMeansJobs Remains Partially Open
OhioMeansJobs/Cincinnati-Hamilton County has remained partially open with a very limited number of HCJFS staff, as noted in the photo below, and with all partners not being in the building. Staff have been very helpful to individuals, by phone and limited presence, for assistance with unemployment insurance benefits and other needs. As you can see from the photo, the group keeps a positive focus on service as essential employee designated personnel and a good sense of humor.  The SWORWIB thanks each team member and the full group – and recognizes that Kevin Holt is also on-site but not pictured. We are grateful to the team and their service in these challenging times. 
Left to Right Back Row : Rosemary Peterson , Jamie Ireland , Brandy Scott-Herrmann , Tim Scott , Daniel Bleh , Jamie Mansu . Front Row : Maggie Murray , Stephanie Massie , Jessica Wilcher , Richelle Richardson , Jason Hunter , Tawnya Carpenter , Bridget Cate McCarthy , Kelly Herbers .
How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
There are 2 ways to apply for unemployment benefits in Ohio:
  • Online at unemployment.ohio.gov. This website is available 24/7.
  • By calling 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408 (excluding holidays) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Worker’s Guide to
Unemployment Insurance
This booklet provides important information about
unemployment benefits in Ohio, including how to apply, how eligibility is determined, and what must be done to receive payments.
OhioMeansJobs.com for
Unemployment Insurance Claimants
This rack card provides a checklist of items needed
when applying for unemployment benefits. It also
provides a list of the requirements for establishing and maintaining eligibility.
The Top 10 Things You Should Know
This flyer provides general information about the
Unemployment Insurance program, including important telephone numbers and web addresses.