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Unemployment Claims and Employment Activity, December 2012
Unemployment Claims and Employment Activity - December 2012

Unemployment claims in Oregon have slowly declined throughout the year.  Initial claims for benefits have fallen 11% over the year, and the total number of weeks claimed are down 17 %.  In addition the number of individuals exhausting their regular 26-week claim is down 25%, and the total number of individuals receiving benefits is down 32%.

The Federal unemployment extension program, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), is scheduled to end December 31.  The last week for which benefits will be paid is the week ending December 29, 2012.  The Oregon Employment Department estimates around 25,000 individuals will be affected by the ending of the EUC program.

Program Week Ending December 8, 2012 Same Week 2011
Initial Claims 9,606 9,717
Regular Unemployment Benefits 52,506 64,629
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) 29,420 52,503
Extended Benefits (EB) 0 10,674
Total on all programs 87,843 134,034
Total Benefits Paid Out $26,331,391 ​$36,505,718
State Trust Fund Balance (in millions) $1,420.4 $1,121.61

Employment and iMatchSkills

WorkSource Oregon provides tools and assistance to job seekers.  As of December 14, 2012, WorkSource Oregon lists 8,170 job listings representing 13.131 job openings in its iMatchSkills system.

Each week staff in WorkSource Oregon centers contact job seekers in their area who are about to exhaust all of their unemployment benefits. This is done to actively engage the unemployed in their job search informing them of available services.

WorkSource Oregon Centers statewide offer a variety of services for the job seeker including assistance with resume writing, job search, skills training, and more.  In addition, job seekers can learn about job fairs and other events online at www.WorkingInOregon.org.

Below is a listing of the top job openings by occupation and occupational group as listed in iMatchSkills.

Job Listings Occupation
​317 Registered Nurses
​263 Retail Salespersons
​187 Software Developers, Applications
​184 Customer Service Representatives
​160 Computer Occupations, All Other
​159 Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
​159 First Line Sup. of Retail Sales Workers                                        
​127 Nursing Assistants
​111 Tellers
​104 Computer Systems Analysts
Job Listings   Industry
​942 Office and Administrative Support
​935 Sales
​883 Computer and Mathematical
​701 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
​641 Management
​465 Supervisory
​432 Business and Financial
​407 Architecture and Engineering
​322 Food Preparation and Serving
​318 Healthcare Support