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Ohioans on Unemployment Must Adopt New Single Sign-On ID

As part of a project that affects multiple departments, Ohio is requiring unemployment insurance filers to create an account with the state's OH|ID platform. The ID will allow access to other state programs.

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(TNS) — Starting next Wednesday, Ohioans filing for unemployment benefits must create an OH|ID account as well as a traditional unemployment account, state officials announced Friday.

The OH|ID platform, developed by the state’s ongoing InnovateOhio project, allows state residents to use a single username and password to access a variety of state programs and services to do things such as apply for grants and permits, file reports and make payments. Ohioans can create an account by visiting ohid.ohio.gov.

Existing unemployment benefits recipients will receive a prompt starting next Wednesday for them to create an OH|ID account, while new applicants will have to create an account as part of the application process, according to a release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Benefits recipients must use the same email address for both OH|ID and their unemployment account.

The move will make the claim-filing process more secure and give users greater flexibility in managing passwords among various state accounts, the release stated.

“The use of an OH|ID is another way to improve the security and privacy associated with Ohio’s unemployment system, and better aligns us with other state agencies using the same credentialing,” said ODJFS Director Matt Damschroder in a statement.

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