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Ohio unemployment: Gov. Mike DeWine drops extra $300 payments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big changes are coming to Ohio’s unemployment benefits as Governor Mike DeWine revealed Thursday his plan to drop the additional $300 federal payments starting June 26.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will address this unemployment update during a 2 p.m. press conference today with interim ODJFS director Matt Damschroder. We will stream that press conference live inside this story. You can also watch live on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

“When this program was put in place, it was a lifeline for many Americans at a time when the only weapon we had in fighting the virus was to slow it’s spread through social distancing, masking and sanitization,” Gov. DeWine said during his Thursday afternoon press conference. “That is no longer the case. That is no longer our only tool in this fight. This assistance was always intended to be temporary.”

Ohio now joins a handful of other states that have opted to end the extra unemployment money while citing the number of available jobs.

You can watch Gov. DeWine’s full press conference from Thursday, May 13 in the player below:

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