The total number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 17 weeks (1,499,712) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years.
The national weekly claims numbers, announced every Thursday, have fallen dramatically from March and April. They numbered above 6 million for two weeks at that time.
But since then, applications for the benefits have remained frozen between 1 million and 2 million since May, indicating a painfully slow recovery.
This story will be updated.