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Oregon Employment and Unemployment Situation - November, 2011
11/16/2011
Unemployment Insurance
Every indicator in the Unemployment Insurance Program continues to decline.  The number of individuals filing initial claims, the total number of weeks claimed, and the number of individuals exhausting their benefits all fell.
 
The number of initial claims is down 9% from a year ago, while the number of weeks claimed is down 15% and exhaustions, 27%.
 
In addition, the amount of time an individual is on their regular 26-week claim is more than two weeks shorter than for this time in 2010.
 

Program
Week Ending November 5, 2011
Same Week 2010
Initial Claims
8,331
11,506
Individuals on Regular Claims
56,240
70,740
Individuals on Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
52,083
66,694
Individuals on Extended Benefits
10,788
14,845
Total on all Unemployment Programs
125,572
160,954
Unemployment Benefits Paid Out
$34,607,706
$47,870,139
Unemployment Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$1,170.04
$1,014.28
 
Unemployment Extension Programs
Oregon has two Federal unemployment extension programs in place, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB).  The number of individuals receiving these extension benefits is higher than the number receiving regular benefits.
 
The deadline to file new EUC claims is December 31, 2011.  Payments on this program will be made through June of next year for individuals with remaining eligibility.  The program consists of four tiers of benefits, each tier with a different number of weeks of eligibility.  As of the end of the year, an individual on EUC will be allowed to finish out their current tier of benefits, but not move to the next tier.
 
The Oregon Employment Department is forecasting that Extended Benefits will end in December, 2011.  Once this occurs, three more weeks of benefits will be paid.  The final Extended Benefits payments are forecasted to be made in early January, 2012.
 
Approximately 500 individuals will exhaust all of their benefits each week until the end of the year. In January and February of 2012 there are more than 25,000 claimants expected to exhaust all of their available benefits as the extension programs come to an end.
 
Employment Services
WorkSource Oregon continues to work to provide tools and assistance to job seekers.  As of November 15, 2011, WorkSource Oregon lists 6,716 job listings representing 12,832 job openings in its iMatchSkills system.
 
WorkSource Oregon Centers statewide offer a variety of services for the job seeker including assistance with resume writing, job search, skills training, and more.  In addition, job seekers can learn about job fairs and other events online at www.WorkingInOregon.org.
 
Below is a listing of the top job openings by occupation and industry as listed in iMatchSkills.
 

Job Listings
Occupational Title
211
Retail Salespersons
190
Customer Service Representatives
184
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
126
Registered Nurses
118
First-Line Sup. of Food Prep. & Serving Workers
117
Nursing Assistants
108
Software Developers, Applications
104
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
91
Tellers
89
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
 

Job Listings
Occupational Group
819
Office and Administrative Support
721
Sales
620
Management
500
Computer and Mathematical
413
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
412
Food Preparation and Serving
388
Supervisory
327
Transportation
319
Business and Financial
300
Architecture and Engineering