Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has expanded eligibility for unemployment compensation so that recipients can still receive benefits if they are enrolled in a full-time education or training program.
Strickland said Monday that previous rules requiring recipients to demonstrate that they are looking for work prevented many of them from getting more education.
The administration believes the change in eligibility will encourage more Ohioans to go back to school and get higher-paying jobs if they don't have to worry about losing unemployment benefits.
Officials believe it will not cost more money in the end because those who chose to forgo further schooling in the past, while receiving benefits, will now go to school while receiving those same benefits.