Ohio Unemployment Insurance office says long wait times, delayed payments are caused by scammers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Central Ohio residents are having an unusually difficult time getting their unemployment money, putting a strain on their pocketbooks and adding stress on top of job searching.

Reynoldsburg resident Ryan Evans said he was laid off from his software development job in May and spends his time each week interviewing or searching for jobs.

However, a major hurdle that’s taking a lot of his time right now is a halt in unemployment money and a lack of response from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

“It’s stressful. Not just trying to find a job, but I have to now like, go through all these hoops just to like, maybe get a hold of someone to file a claim. Like, I don’t have that kind of time,” said Evans.

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