Unemployment: How to get help if you’ve lost your job because of coronavirus

With job losses skyrocketing locally and nationally, Butler County Job and Family Services has made it easier and safer for people who are suddenly without jobs to apply for unemployment benefits, food stamps, Medicaid and other assistance.

Bill Morrison, executive director of Job and Family Services, outlined for the Journal-News ways to apply for that help.

“We remain open for business,” Morrison said. “We do have at this point, about 50 percent of our staff working remotely.”

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Here are ways Butler County residents who have lost jobs can get unemployment, food stamps and other benefits:

• Online applications for unemployment: www.unemployment.ohio.gov can be accessed 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

• Phone unemployment applications: Another way to apply for unemployment is (877) OHIOJOB (1-877-644-6562) or for the hard of hearing, (888)642-8203, The number works Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Online applications for food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance: benefits.ohio.gov.

• Phone applications for Medicaid: 844-640-6446.

• People also can apply for the benefits in person, but that is discouraged, as a way to deter the spread of coronavirus.

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