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Law plugs unemployment hole for some 6,000 Oregonians
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department

Some unemployed Oregonians who have exhausted their federal unemployment insurance benefits may be in for some relief. 

On May 21, 2009, Governor Kulongoski signed House Bill 2203 into law.  The bill provides extended benefits to claimants who exhausted Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits prior to December 7, 2008.   Approximately 6,000 claimants will be eligible for these additional benefits.

Criteria for the expanded eligibility:
  • The claim must have exhausted EUC benefits after December 7, 2009,
  • The claim must be the claimant’s most recent valid claim, and
  • The person cannot be eligible for any other claim in Oregon or in any other state or Canada.
For qualifying claimants, the extended benefit program provides up to 20 weeks of benefits.  Potentially eligible claimants will receive a notification from the Employment Department by mail. 
The Employment Department encourages individuals who think they may be eligible to call their nearest Unemployment Insurance Center and file their Extended Benefits application as soon as possible.  For more information, go to the department’s Web site, www.WorkingInOregon.org.