Category Archives: Employment Department

Unemployment claims hit 76,500 in mid-March

More than 70,000 Oregonians filed for unemployment benefits in mid-March. The state Employment Department reported Thursday, March 26, that it received more than 76,500 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits during the week of March 15. For the first three days of the week of March 22, initial claims have been tracking at record levels. […]
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‘We’re in a recession,’ economist says 

The ripples from the lockdown of businesses to contain COVID-19 is throwing Oregon into a recession, a Central Oregon economist says. Source: ‘We’re in a recession,’ economist says | Business | bendbulletin.com

Oregon sees record claims for unemployment benefits

The Oregon Employment Department saw a record number of initial claims for unemployment benefits the week of March 15 and that trend is continuing for the first few days of the week of March 22. According to the employment department, during the week of March 15 they received more than 76,500 claims. Source: Oregon sees […]
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Employment officials urge people to use online tools to ease load, OSHA complaints up

Employment officials in Oregon and Washington say they saw a record number of first-time unemployment claims filed last week and that has them urging people to use online tools to file those claims to ease the crush of calls employment staff has to handle. Meanwhile, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health says it is getting hundreds […]
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Live Updates: Oregon Congressional Leaders Ask For Disaster Declaration (OPB)

Oregon has 270 known cases of the novel coronavirus as of Thursday morning, according to state and local health officials. The actual number of cases is believed to be higher given the lack of tests available. The Oregon Health Authority announced 57 new diagnosed cases Wednesday afternoon and two additional deaths. Source: Live Updates: Oregon Congressional Leaders Ask […]
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Coronavirus in Oregon: Independent contractors barred from working have few options for financial relief

Chris Olheiser started working at Primo Barbershop in Keizer back in January. He had just started to earn enough money as a barber to begin building up his savings when the shop closed last week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: Independent contractors barred from working have few options for financial […]
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Coronavirus news Oregon: Restaurant workers, owners feel pinch

In the course of 24 hours this week, Karisa Patton and her husband, Ben, were both laid off from their restaurant jobs in Salem. Parents of three children aged 12, 10 and 4, Karisa Patton is a bartender and restaurant manager and Ben is a cook. Source: Coronavirus news Oregon: Restaurant workers, owners feel pinch

Lost your job or temporarily out of work? Here’s where to find help

When Gov. Kate Brown ordered restaurants and bars to close, except for takeout and delivery on Monday, it led to a surge in layoffs around the state. Small businesses of every kind are finding they must shut down to hopefully weather the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Lost your job or temporarily out of work? Here’s where […]
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Unemployment insurance claims spike as coronavirus impacts jobs in Oregon

Between Sunday and Tuesday this week, the number of statewide unemployment insurance claims spiked from 800 to 18,500. It’s the latest sign that Oregonians are not just getting sick from COVID-19. Many are losing their paychecks too. Brian Rooney, a regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department, said specific numbers for Douglas and other counties […]
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Oregon jobless claims surge 3,200% amid coronavirus outbreak

New unemployment claims in Oregon jumped by nearly 3,200% Tuesday amid wholesale layoffs triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. An Oregon business leader predicted the state’s unemployment rate could rise as high as 20% in the coming months as the economic catastrophe deepens, a rate that implies nearly 500,000 people would be looking for work. Source: […]
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