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Oregon employment and unemployment situation - May 2010
06/15/2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
 503-947-1303
 craig.c.spivey@state.or.us
 
Unemployment Claims
Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Oregon continued its downward trend in May.  Initial claims fell 8% over the month from April to May and were down 22% from May of 2009.  Weeks claimed were also down, 11% from April and 30% from last year. 
 
A similar trend is occurring in the total number of individuals receiving unemployment benefits.  From the peak in January, more than 31,000 individuals have dropped from the unemployment roles.  While the total number of people claiming unemployment benefits continues to be higher than a year ago, the number is declining. 
 
The Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program ended May 29th.  The EUC program consisted of four tiers of benefits.  Individuals who were on EUC as of May 29 will be able to continue on that program until their tier of benefits exhausts.  For most of these individuals, they will be able to be moved on to Extended Benefits (EB) which, under Oregon’s current economic condition, offers up to 20 weeks of benefits.
 
In addition to EB, Oregon still has Oregon Emergency Benefits (OEB) available which may offer four to six weeks of additional benefits. This program will end when $19 million has been spent.  As of the week ending June 12, $15.6 million had been paid out to 12,300 claimants.  OEB is currently the last benefit available to unemployed job seekers. 
 
 
Week ending
June 5, 2010
Same week in 2009
Oregonians claiming Regular Benefits
83,954
118,774
Oregonians claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
76,926
42,468
Extended Benefits (EB/ HEB)
11,927
7,886
Oregon Emergency Benefits
2,247
0
Oregonians Claiming Other Benefits
8,963
8,328
Total Claiming benefits
184,017
177,456
Oregonians Exhausting Regular Benefits
2,513
3,128
Benefits paid (total)
$55,583,044
$55,158,189
 

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 6,595 job listings representing 14,373 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 Openings by Occupation
 

Job Listings
Occupation
240
Retail Salespersons
153
Registered Nurses
148
Customer Service Representatives
142
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
122
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
114
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
114
Tellers
106
Supervisors and Managers of Retail Sales Workers
92
Sales Reps, Services, All Other
92
Computer Systems Analysts
 
 
Job Openings by Industry
 

Job Listings
Industry
809
Office and Administrative Support
702
Sales
548
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
460
Computer and Mathematical
441
Management
374
Food Preparation and Serving
318
Healthcare Support
300
Building and Ground Maintenance
290
Transportation
270
Supervisory

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