Ohio Overpaid Nearly $3.4B in Unemployment Benefits

Since March 2020, Ohio has overpaid nearly $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits — not including $478 million paid for fraudulent claims. The Statehouse News Bureau reports that the bulk of overpayments was tied to the federally-funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for residents who do not qualify for traditional benefits. (This chart breaks down the overpayments.)

The state is still working on fraud investigations with assistance from private-sector experts. 9/1/2021