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Oregon’s Unemployment and Employment Situation - December 2011
12/13/2011
Unemployment
It is typical to see an increase in unemployment claim activity in the month of November.  Many employers lay off some or all of their staff during the Thanksgiving week for a number of business reasons. This year was no exception.
 
Program
Week Ending December 3, 2011
Same Week 2010
Initial Claims
14,211
15,178
Regular Unemployment Benefits
71,215
87,350
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
53,169
66,972
Extended Benefits (EB)
10,751
12,580
Total on all programs
141,835
180,749
Total Benefits Paid Out                                 
$38,075,879                             
$52,345,954       
State Trust Fund Balance (in millions)            
$1,135.42                                 
$961.07              
 
Almost three fourths of the initial claims filed were by individuals who were attached to an employer.  This means they had a specific date when they were expected to return to the same employer. This year there were 14,211 initial claims in this week, last year there were 15,178.
The number of people claiming extension programs decreased slightly from last month (61,900 claimed in October, 61,251 claimed in November), and decreased significantly, by over 20,000, from last year.
 
The deadline to file new Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) claims is at the end of December.  Payments on this program will be made through June for claimants with remaining eligibility in the tier in which they are claiming at the end of December. 
 
Extended Benefits (EB) is also forecast to end in December.  After December 31, there will be three more weeks of benefits payable.  Final EB payments are forecasted in early January. 
In early February, Oregon is expected to meet criteria that will trigger the state extension program, Additional Benefits (AB).  This program will provide up to six and a half weeks of benefits to claimants who have exhausted regular benefits and are still within their benefit year, which is usually a year from the date they file their initial claim for benefits.
 
There are 500 people exhausting all of their benefits each week.  That is expected to continue until the end of the year. Then in January and February of 2012 there are over 25,000 claimants expected to exhaust all of their available benefits as the extension programs end.
 
Employment and iMatchSkills
WorkSource Oregon continues to work to provide tools and assistance to job seekers.  As of December 12, 2011, WorkSource Oregon lists 5,370 job listings representing 10,316 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 industry as listed in iMatchSkills.
 


Job Listings
Occupational Group
672
Office and Administrative Support
520
Sales
446
Management
368
Computer and Mathematical
336
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
268
Transportation
268
Business and Financial
255
Healthcare Support
248
Supervisory
226
Architecture and Engineering
 

Job Listings
Occupation
154
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
138
Retail Salespersons
125
Customer Service Representatives
106
Nursing Assistants
100
Registered Nurses
92
Tellers
83
Software Developers, Applications
80
First-Line Sup. of Retail Sales Workers
74
Personal Care Aides
68
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other