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Oregon employment and unemployment situation - June 2010
07/15/2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
503-947-1303
craig.c.spivey@state.or.us
 
Initial claims for regular unemployment insurance benefits rose 17% from May to June, however, claims fell 16% from June 2009 to June 2010. 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 Oregon Emergency Benefits (OEB) program ran out of funding the week ending July 3, 2010.  The program provided up to six weeks of additional state-paid benefits to individuals who had exhausted all other unemployment insurance benefit programs.  Last week, close to 3,000 individuals received their final unemployment check.
 
The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) ceased new filings as of May 29, 2010.  The more than 57,000 individuals that were on EUC at the time the program ended will continue until whatever tier of benefits they were on, exhausts.  For most, they will be able to move on to High Extended Benefits (HEB) which offers up to 20 additional weeks of benefits.
 
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.
 
With the end of the extension programs the payout of more than $52 in benefits was the lowest payout in since June 20, 2009. 
 

 
The week ending
July 3, 2010
Same Week
2009
Oregonians claiming regular benefits
80,397
109,978
Oregonians claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
57,297
46,590
Extended Benefits (EB/HEB)
26,777
9,259
Oregon Emergency Benefits
2,514
0
Oregonians Claiming Other Benefits
7,482
6,830
Total Claiming Benefits
174,467
172,657
Benefits Paid
$52,093,878
$52,360,185
Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$763.06
$1,433.95
 
 
Employment
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 6,256 job listings representing 11,074 job openings. 
 
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.
 
Recently the state announced a partnership with Microsoft Corporation, offering free computer skills training.  More information about the program may be found at www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

 
Job Listings
Industry
819
Office and Administrative Support
659
Sales
541
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
432
Management
417
Computer and Mathematical
360
Food Preparation and Serving
299
Building and Ground Maintenance
294
Healthcare Support
277
Transportation
234
Supervisory
 

Job Listings
 
Occupations
222
Retail Salespersons
154
Registered Nurses
146
Customer Service Representatives
138
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
132
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
120
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
112
Tellers
94
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
86
Cooks, Restaurant
79
Supervisors & Managers of Retail Sales Workers
 
 
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