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Oregon employment and unemployment situation - April 2010
05/18/2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
503-947-1303
craig.c.spivey@state.or.us
 
Unemployment
Initial claims for regular unemployment insurance benefits fell 10.7% from March to April, and 24.9% from April 2009 to April 2010. The total number of weeks claimed were also down, 22.6% from March and 26.3% from last year.
 
The total number of people claiming unemployment insurance benefits has been slipping from a high of more than 215,000 in January, however, the total remains above the figure for this time last year.
 
Extension programs for unemployment benefits are beginning to phase out.  The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will cease new filings as of May 29, 2010.  All claimants on EUC as of that date will be able to continue until their EUC claim exhausts. 
 
The Oregon Extended Benefits (OEB) provides $19 million dollars in benefits. Currently over $13 million has been spent and over 10,000 people have received this benefit. 
 
As long as Oregon’s unemployment rate remains above 6.5 percent, the Extended Benefits (EB) program will be in effect.  This program pays an additional 13 weeks of benefits.  While Oregon’s unemployment rate is above 8 percent, the state will also be in High Extended Benefits (HEB) which allows an additional 20 weeks of benefits.
 

 
The week ending
May 8, 2010
Same Week
2009
Oregonians claiming regular benefits
90,235
124,841
Oregonians claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
79,979
36,730
Extended Benefits (EB/HEB)
10,212
2,591
Oregon Emergency Benefits
6,985
8,304
Oregonians Claiming Other Benefits
6,142
8,304
Total Claiming Benefits
193,553
172.466
Oregonians Exhausting Benefits
2,300
2,671
Benefits Paid
$59,680,967
$52,424,286
Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$917.20
$1,647.32
 
 Employment
The spring months in Oregon are typically when hiring begins to pick up.  The Employment Department has seen a slight increase of more than 643 job listings and openings over the past month.  Currently the Oregon Employment Department shows 6,568 job listings representing 16,403 openings.
 
As of May 14, 2010, below is a picture of the top 10 industries and occupations for job openings in Oregon.
 
Job Openings by Industry
 

Listings
Industry
785
Office and Administrative Support
666
Sales
506
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
423
Management
400
Computer and Mathematical
369
Food Preparation and Serving
293
Building and Ground Maintenance
286
Healthcare Support
273
Architecture and Engineering
271
Supervisory
 
Job Openings by Occupation
 

Listings
SOC Code
213
Retail Salespersons
160
Registered Nurses
133
Customer Service Representatives
127
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
115
Tellers
107
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
103
Supervisors and Managers of Retail Sales Workers
98
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
83
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
77
Home Health Aides
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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