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Oregon statewide unemployment and employment situation - October 2010
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
 Public Affairs Specialist
 WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
In October, there were almost 19% fewer initial claims for unemployment benefits filed than in October of last year. Also, the number of weeks of benefits claimed was down 27% from last year. 

The number of people exhausting their regular 26-week claim for benefits was down 21% from October of last year.  The number of people receiving regular benefits was down almost 22,000 from a year ago, and the total number of people receiving benefits was down more than 27,000.
Fewer than half of individuals receiving unemployment benefits in October were on regular benefits. The number of people receiving extension benefits has been gradually falling from a high of nearly 100,000 recipients to the current number near 80,000 recipients.  Some of the decrease is from exhaustion of all benefits.  About 19,000 individuals have exhausted all benefits since the beginning of the year.  The rate of exhaustions has risen to about 600 per week.

The week following Thanksgiving, no new claims for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will be accepted. Claimants with an existing EUC claim will be able to complete the weeks on their current tier. Those who exhaust their regular benefits and those who exhaust EUC are generally eligible for up to 20 weeks of Extended Benefits.

 The week ending
November 6, 2010 
Same Week
Oregonians claiming regular benefits  70,74091,933
Oregonians claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) 66,69467,690
Extended Benefits (EB/HEB)14,84511,149
Oregonians Claiming Other Benefits 8,675 17,372
Total Claiming Benefits 160,954 188,144
Benefits Paid $47,870,139$57,564,028
Trust Fund Balance (in millions)$1,014.28 $1,239.61

According to a survey of households, Oregon’s civilian labor force grew by 39,812 from October 2009 to October 2010.  During the same period, employment in Oregon rose by more than 44,000.

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 5,316 job listings representing 11,291 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.

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