The only way I see the gov subsidizing it is if they payout claims and the employer goes out of biz. Without any unemployment claims my rate has gone up due to other biz claims. Who knows how much they take out of the funds for admin costs.UE is a type of insurance paid for by employers and subsidized by tax dollars. The rate an employer pays is also variable by the number of claims a company has. Since you can't pay into it on yourself, the answer is no. You might be able to file based on a previously held job, but not likely.
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This is how it's been explained to me for MN/WI also. It also shows how the employer pays for it directly.In Ohio, your business keeps a zero account. If the previous year the state paid 5000 to someone for unemployment, and you only had 3000 in your account, your rates went up to the 5000 amount, plus they re coup the extra 2000.
The short answer is yes you can, but it's your money they make you pay in.