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Oregon’s Unemployment Insurance and Employment Services Situation, October 2011
10/18/2011
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
Oregon Employment Department
503-947-1303
craig.c.spivey@state.or.us

Unemployment Insurance
The number of Oregonians on the unemployment insurance benefits rolls continues to shrink.  The number of individuals drawing regular unemployment claims is down 24% from this time last year, and the total number receiving any type of benefit has dropped 29%.
 
The state’s unemployment insurance trust fund for the ninth consecutive week has registered more than $1 billion.  Oregon’s self-balancing trust fund has helped the state weather one of the strongest recessions on record.  Across the country, since 2007, 36 states have borrowed money from the Federal Government in order to cover its unemployment insurance benefits obligation.
 
Oregon continues to pay on two unemployment extension programs, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB).  The EUC program is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year, and it is projected that Oregon will “trigger off” of the EB program at roughly the same time.  Roughly 500 individuals per week are currently exhausting all unemployment insurance benefits.  Many of these individuals have collected benefits for close to two years.
 

Program
Week Ending Oct. 8 2011
Same Week 2010
Initial Claims
7,609
8,784
Individuals on Regular Claims
50,467
62,644
Individuals on Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
52,640
68,096
Individuals on Extended Benefits
11,163
15,817
Total on all Unemployment Programs
120,033
154,433
Unemployment Benefits Paid Out
$33,237,538
$47,773,997
Unemployment Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$1,039.52
$921.88
 
Employment Services
WorkSource Oregon continues to work to provide tools and assistance to job seekers.  As of October 15, 2011, WorkSource Oregon lists 7,523 job listings representing 13,392 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
Occupation
272
Retail Salespersons
221
Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
216
Registered Nurses
177
Customer Service Representatives
149
First-Line Sup. of Food Prep. & Serving Workers
142
Nursing Assistants
130
Software Developers, Applications
127
Tellers
118
First-Line Sup. of Retail Sales Workers
110
Sales Rep. Services, All Other
 

Job Listings
Industry
831
Office and Administrative Support
830
Sales
622
Computer and Mathematical
595
Management
547
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
451
Food Preparation and Serving
414
Supervisory
388
Business and Financial
376
Transportation
310
Healthcare Support