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Columbus Dispatch: Lawmakers must fix unemployment fund

Columbus Dispatch: Lawmakers Must Fix Unemployment Fund

Ohio’s unemployment-compensation system was created in the 1930s and followed predictable patterns over much of its operation. Available funds, generated from employer contributions, dip during recessions and are replenished as the economy recovers.

However, a study commissioned by the Department of Job and Family Services, which administers the program, a decade ago found employer taxes did not keep up following the recession of 2001 and have remained low.

As Ohio AFL-CIO President Timothy Burga testified earlier this month, “Ohio employer taxes have been lower than the national average for 19 of the last 21 years.” While Ohio employers paid an average state unemployment tax of $251 per employee in 2017, the national average was $337.

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