Faced with a deluge of complaints from Ohioans who've struggled to navigate the state's unemployment compensation system, Gov. Mike DeWine said private industry has lent the state 16 of its experts to help.
(TNS) — Faced with a deluge of complaints from Ohioans who've struggled to navigate the state's unemployment compensation system, Gov.
The state's information technology system for jobless benefits has struggled to accommodate changes made by programming by the federal government and has been inundated by fraudulent claims tied to the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for self-employed, contract, and other non-traditional workers.
"I don't think it's any reflection on state employees than we have to go out into the private sector to help deal with a huge, huge emergency that has not occurred in most people's lifetimes...,"
"It's not just true of this department," he said. "It's true in many departments...It just so happens that this department, because of the unemployment claims [and] because of the nature of the pandemic, got hit a lot harder than other departments."
He said the state could perhaps use more than the 16 people whose services are being volunteered by financial and insurance companies with expertise in information technology, customer service, and fraud.
"So far this week, we have paid out nearly $100 million to more than 110,000 Ohioans receiving traditional unemployment,"
"Ohioans are suffering and some of the problems with
At the moment, the state is targeting those over the age of 70 as well as employees of K-12 schools that have committed to having in-classroom instruction by
The state will lower the age threshold to age 65 next week and is then expected to hold there for a while.
The governor said manufacturer
"This should mean that
He also said that
The maker of the only other vaccine approved for use so far in
The number of Ohioans who have been vaccinated, 935,383, now exceeds the number of people known to have contracted the disease in the state. Eight percent of the state's population has received at least one shot.
The number of coronavirus patients in
If that trend continues over the next week,
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