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Oregon’s Unemployment and Employment Situation - January 2011
01/19/2011
CONTACT:  Craig Spivey
Oregon Employment Department
503-947-1303
craig.c.spivey@state.or.us
 
Unemployment
January reflects one of the heaviest times of unemployment in Oregon as merchants lay off seasonal workers from the holiday season.  However, January 2011 is so far markedly improved from January 2010.
 
Last year at this time unemployment in Oregon hit its peak with more than 226,000 individuals claiming unemployment benefits.  This was the largest number of individuals collecting unemployment in Oregon’s history.
 
As of the week ending January 8, 2011, initial claims for unemployment benefits are down 30 percent from the same week one year ago. The total number of individuals receiving unemployment benefits is down 23 percent from the same week in 2010.
 

 
As of January 8, 2011
Same Week 2010
Individuals on Regular Unemployment Benefits
87,696
120,281
Individuals on Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
64,648
97,176
Individuals on Extended Benefits (EB)
4,155
135
Total individuals on unemployment benefits
(all programs)
174,137
226,990
Total benefits paid out
$48,956,667
$68,500,942
Unemployment Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$898.28
$1,015.82
 
In December, Congress renewed the program known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC.  This program offers up to 53 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who have exhausted their entire 26-week regular claim.  No new filings had been accepted after November 30, 2010. The filing deadline is now December 11, 2011.
 
The renewing of the EUC program is welcomed news to those who had never claimed EUC, and those who had not collected all 53 weeks of EUC at the time the program ended.  However, Congress did not provide additional weeks of benefits to individuals who had already exhausted all of their EUC benefits.
 
Employment
As non-farm payroll employment slowly rises, WorkSource Oregon staff are increasing efforts to get Oregonians back to work.  Each week, we receive lists of job seekers in their area who are close to exhausting all of their unemployment benefits.  We contact each of these individuals by phone and inform them of services available,  including help with résumé writing, workshops, training, and connection with other community services.
 
In addition, WorkSource Oregon maintains the largest pool of available job openings through iMatchSkills ®, the department’s state-of-the-art skills and job matching system.  Currently iMatchSkills has 5,705 job listings representing 9,660 job openings.  Here is a breakdown of the top ten openings by occupation and industry:
 

Job Listings
Industry
648
Office and Administrative Support
505
Sales
487
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
479
Management
409
Computer and Mathematical
305
Supervisory
280
Food Preparation and Serving
260
Healthcare Support
256
Architecture and Engineering
247
Business and Financial
 

Job Listings
Occupation
153
Customer Service Representatives
152
Retail Salespersons
129
Registered Nurses
121
Sup. & Mgrs of Food Preparation & Serving Workers
115
Nurse Practitioner
110
Tellers
108
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
107
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
77
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
77
Supervisors & Mgrs of Retail Sales Workers