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Oregon employment and unemployment situation - March 2010
04/13/2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
 503-947-1303
 503-983-2366 (cell phone)
 craig.c.spivey@state.or.us

Unemployment claims and employment
The number of individuals receiving regular unemployment benefits continues to decrease.  For the week ending April 3, 2010, there were 10,173 initial claims for unemployment benefits, 391 fewer than the previous week.  The number of initial regular claims has decreased significantly over the  year. In March, Initial claims decreased by 30% from last year. 

While initial claims slide, the number of individuals on extension programs continues to rise.  Currently, there are more people claiming extension benefits now than there are claiming regular benefits. There are three different extension programs currently in effect, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Extended Benefits (EB), and Oregon Emergency Benefits (OEB).

The EUC program ended April 3, 2010, meaning no individuals may begin that program after that date.  All individuals on EUC as of April 3, will continue until they exhaust the tier they are claimaing.  Most of those exhausting EUC benefits will be eligible for Extended Benefits for up to 20 weeks. 
 

 Week ending
April 3, 2010 
Same week in 2009
Oregonians claiming Regular Benefits 98,771 134,236
Oregonians claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)98,731 38,746
Extended Benefits (EB/ HEB) 1,090 325
Oregon Emergency Benefits 2,714 0
Oregonians Claiming Other Benefits 8,552 7,535
Total Claiming benefits 209,858 180,842
Oregonians Exhausting Regular Benefits 2,192 1,878
Benefits paid (total)$63,227,535 $62,932,378

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 500 job listings and openings over the past month.  Currently the Oregon Employment Department shows 5,925 job listings representing 14,955 openings. As of April 9, 2010, below is a picture of the top 10 industries and occupations for job openings in Oregon.
 

OpeningsIndustry
2918Office and Administrative Support
2410Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
1129Sales
949K-12 Education, Training, and Library
799Computer and Mathematical
584Building and Ground Maintenance
516Food Preparation and Serving
511Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
480Transportation
463Healthcare Support
  
 
OpeningsOccupation
1858Farmworkers And Laborers For Crops
1299Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
999Customer Service Representatives
701 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
482Computer Support Specialists
348Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
308Forest Fire Fighters
248Retail Salespersons
226Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
222Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
 
 
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