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Oregon Unemployment and Employment Situation - October 2010
10/19/2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
 Public Affairs Specialist
 WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
 503-947-1303
 craig.c.spivey@state.or.us
 
Unemployment
The latest figures for Oregon’s unemployment insurance program show a continuing decline in the number of claimants accessing the system.

The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits, the number of weeks of benefits claimed, and the number of individuals exhausting their regular benefits, has decreased over the month and year.

In September, there were 17% fewer initial claims filed than for the same time period last year, and 12% fewer than in August. The number of weeks of benefits claimed by individuals declined 28% from a year ago, and 25% from August. The number of people exhausting their regular claim dropped 38% in September from last year.

In addition, the number of people receiving extensions of benefits has decreased. Around a third of this decrease is due to people exhausting all available benefits. By the end of September, approximately 14,000 Oregonians had exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits in 2010.
 
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The week ending
October 9, 2010

Same Week
2009

Oregonians claiming regular benefits
62,664
88,223
Oregonians claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
68,096
64,115
Extended Benefits (EB/HEB)
15,817
10,969
Oregonians Claiming Other Benefits
7,779
5,551
Total Claiming Benefits
154,356
168,858
Benefits Paid
$47,773,997
$53,144,230
Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$921.88
$1,255.49
 
Employment
According to a survey of households, Oregon’s civilian labor force grew by 28,499 from September 2009 to September 2010.  During the same period, employment in Oregon rose by more than 33,000.
 
The Oregon Employment Department maintains the state’s largest data base of job openings through iMatchSkills®, a skills and job matching system.  Currently the department has 6,160 job listings representing 13,328 job openings.  This is almost 2,000 more job openings than in August.
The Oregon Employment Department through its WorkSource Oregon Centers and partnerships with other state and local agencies, offer a variety of programs and services to job seekers.  Job search assistance, help with resume and cover letter writing, job search workshops, and skills training are among the many programs available.
 

Job Listings
Top Openings by Industry
760
Office and Administrative Support
603
Sales
468
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
368
Computer and Mathematical
363
Management
343
Food Preparation and Serving
336
Healthcare Support
266
Supervisory
255
Architecture and Engineering
239
Business and Financial
 
 

Job Listings
Top Openings by Occupation
178
Retail Salespersons
158
Customer Service Representatives
158
Registered Nurses
143
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
121
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
110
Tellers
101
Supervisors and Managers of Retail Sales Workers
93
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
83
Computer Software Engineers, Applications
77
Computer Systems Analysts