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State of Oregon Responding to the Economic Downturn
11/17/2008
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
Public Affairs Specialist
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
503-947-1303
craig.c.spivey@state.or.us
 
 
The last time Oregon saw such a steep over the month increase in the unemployment rate was in April of 1980. The Oregon Employment Department is responding to the current economic situation by providing more benefits to those who have become unemployed through no fault of their own, and by increasing efforts to connect job seekers with employers who have listed thousands of job openings with the state.
 
Unemployment Insurance
 
What benefits are available to Oregonians right now?
 
26 weeks regular claim ($113/week minimum, $482/week maximum)
13 weeks Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC ends March 2009)
13weeks Extended Benefits (EB starts December 7)
52 weeks possible benefits
 
Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits up 27 percent (Oct ’07 – Sep ’08)
 
60,000 Oregonians currently receive unemployment insurance benefits. 
  1,200 Oregonians exhaust their initial 26-week claim each week. 
     900 Oregonians exhaust their EUC claim each week
 
With the October unemployment rate hitting 7.3 percent, Oregon has triggered on to the Extended Benefits (EB) Program.  This program allows for another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits, once a claimant has exhausted their regular and EUC benefits.  The program is paid 50 percent by the Federal government and 50 percent by the state. The EB program will go into effect the week of December 7, 2008.  All Oregonians who are potentially eligible for the EB program will be notified by mail by the Oregon Employment Department. There is no need to contact an unemployment insurance center until you receive notification.
 
To speed processing of unemployment insurance claims, the Oregon Employment Department has added staff to answer calls and has moved other staff to process claims during off hours. There are now two ways to file for a claim:  on the Internet, or by telephone. 
 
To file online, go to www.WorkingInOregon.org
To file by telephone, call one the unemployment insurance centers servicing your area:
 
  • Portland Metro and NW Oregon:  503-451-2400, or toll free 1-877-877-1781
  • Eugene and SW Oregon:  541-686-7800 or toll free 1-877-728-7970
  • Central and Eastern Oregon:  541-388-6207 or toll free 1-800-663-7914
 
For the shortest wait times, contact the unemployment insurance centers on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings.
 
Getting Oregonians Back to Work
 
The state workforce system, WorkSource Oregon, has seen a huge jump in registrations for its job-matching site: iMatchSkills.org.
 

2008
New registrations
2007
New registrations
Increase from
2007 to 2008
May-08
13,361
May-07
12,512
7%
Jun-08
14,406
Jun-07
11,233
28%
Jul-08
15,021
Jul-07
11,780
28%
Aug-08
15,169
Aug-07
12,919
17%
Sep-08
17,600
Sep-07
10,362
70%
Oct-08
22,934
Oct-07
13,569
69%
Total
98,491
Total
72,375
36%
 
Despite the downturn in the employment picture, there are literally thousands of jobs available on iMatchSkills®. As of Friday, November 14, 2008 there were 8,207 openings posted:
 

Top 10 Occupational Groups by Openings
Openings
Office and Administrative Support Occupations
1149
Sales and Related Occupations
1006
Production Occupations
911
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
610
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
498
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
488
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
422
Healthcare Support Occupations
398
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
328
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
305
 
 

 
 

Top 30 Occupations by Number of Openings
Openings
Customer Service Representatives
610
Retail Salespersons
391
Farmworkers And Laborers For Crops
351
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
274
Registered Nurses
261
Cashiers
181
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
179
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
151
Home Health Aides
128
Personal and Home Care Aides
123
Production Workers, All Other
114
Computer Support Specialists
111
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other
99
Security Guards
98
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
98
Semiconductor Processors
95
Sales and Related Workers, All Other
93
Janitors and Cleaners
89
Waiters and Waitresses
86
Teacher Assistants
85
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
81
Office Clerks, General
79
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
77
Survey Researchers
70
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
70
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
69
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services
62
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
61
Cooks, Restaurant
55
Food Preparation Workers
53
 
Job Seeker Services Available through WorkSource Oregon
 
  • Services and support to prepare job seekers for their next job
    • Skills assessment and improvement
    • Job search and other work-related workshops
    • Resume development
    • Resource Rooms with computers, phones, and fax
    • Labor market and career information
    • Job finding tools and information
  • Connecting to jobs
  • Services for Veterans
  • Services to Farm Workers
  • Information on other resources and assistance in the community
    • Housing, childcare, food banks, etc.
  • Information on connecting to educational opportunities and apprenticeships
 
Employer Services
 
  • Access to a large and diverse labor pool
  • Development and posting of lob Listings
  • Staff matching of job listings to the labor pool
  • Interview rooms and recruitment assistance
  • Rapid Response Activities such as layoff aversion assistance, layoff information and transition for employees,  and other assistance to human resource staff
 
WorkSource Oregon is in the process of implementing a new skill assessment that will help job seekers determine their best fit for current openings, and what training they might need to make them more employable. Job seekers take a skill assessment and are then served by one of our partners to obtain needed training.
 
How to access these services:
 
Web: www.WorkSourceOregon.org, www.iMatchSkills.org, www.Employment.Oregon.gov
In person: Network of offices statewide, call 877-517-5627 for location information
 
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