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Oregon unemployment situation January 2010
01/20/2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
 503-947-1303
 craig.c.spivey@state.or.us

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The number of claims for initial unemployment insurance benefits declined 51% in December 2009 compared to December 2008.  The number of weeks claimed also fell, down 17%.  However, the number of Oregonians claiming unemployment benefits (regular benefits or an extension) is at an all time high. 
 
In 2009, $2.8 Billion was distributed in unemployment benefits to more than 360,000 Oregonians.  For those receiving regular benefits last year, 53.4% used all 26 weeks of benefits.  The average time someone was on a regular claim was 19.6 weeks. 
 
Assuming there are no new extension programs, approximately 12,000 people will exhaust all benefits available to them in late March/early April.  Another large group of exhaustions is anticipated in August.
 

 
Week ending Jan 2, 2010
Same week in 2009
Number Claiming Regular Benefits
 ( 26 weeks of benefits paid)
120,281
105,451
Number Claiming Oregon Extended Benefits (up to 13 weeks)
523
0
Number Claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)  (up to 53 weeks of benefits paid)
97,176
29,272
Number Claiming Workshare Benefits
4,267
2,414
Number Claiming Extended Benefits
(20 weeks of benefits paid)
135
2
Number Claiming Other UI Benefits*
4,608
959
Total Number Claiming benefits (including Other programs)
226 ,990
138,098
Exhausting Regular Benefits
3,173
1,970
Benefits paid  (all programs + federal additional compensation)
$68,498,832
$45,543,385
 
Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payments
Current Minimum Weekly Benefit Amount:   $115.00
Current Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount:  $493.00
Average unemployment check (week ending 12-05-09):  $303.50
 
Benefits Paid by Program
Total:  $68, 500,942
 
Top 10 Job Openings by
Occupational Group

 

Openings
Occupational Group
3885
Office and Administrative Support
941
Sales
801
K-12 Education, Training, and Library
556
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
506
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
354
Computer and Mathematical
342
Management
322
Healthcare Support
286
Transportation
246
Architecture and Engineering
 
Top 10 Job Openings by
Occupation

 

Openings
SOC Code
2870
Customer Service Representatives
700
Middle School Teachers,
Except Special and Vocational Education
502
Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
358
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
227
Sales and Related Workers, All Other
226
Registered Nurses
171
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
152
Farmworkers And Laborers For Crops
121
Retail Salespersons
113
Home Health Aides